The Washington Catholic Athletic Conference boys’ soccer championship game was delayed just before kickoff on Sunday after officials told Gonzaga goalkeeper Ryan Massey that his jersey was too close in hue to top-ranked DeMatha’s blue uniforms. He changed to an orange uniform, and he instantly turned into a target for the talented Stags.
But in the most important game of his career, Massey didn’t crack, and neither did No. 2 Gonzaga. After two overtimes ended in a 1-1 deadlock, Massey had a decisive save in penalty kicks and the Eagles converted all five of their chances to win, 5-3, at the Maryland Soccerplex in Boyds.
Gonzaga (18-1-1) had traveled the country this fall, playing some of the best high school squads in the nation in places such as Colorado and New Jersey. But none of it mattered unless the Eagles could be the best in their own league. That validation came Sunday, as Coach Scott Waller’s club not only claimed the WCAC title but also snapped DeMatha’s 62-game unbeaten streak.