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Archbishop Murphy cruises to third straight 2A boys soccer title
Posted 06/06/2017 09:41AM

Archbishop Murphy cruises to third straight 2A boys soccer title

The Wildcats romped past East Valley of Yakima 8-0 to complete a perfect 22-0-0 season. Seniors Matt Williams and Jensen Crisler each recorded a hat trick.

By Matt Massey, Special to The Seattle Times

SUMNER – There appeared to be no resistance. Things came so easy.

The Archbishop Murphy High School boys soccer team was that much of a force, culminating an unbeaten season with superior effort and a blowout for the decades.

Senior forwards Matt Williams and Jensen Crisler both supplied a hat trick as Archbishop Murphy made history with its third state consecutive title in a 8-0 knockout of East Valley of Yakima in the Class 2A state championship match at Sunset Chev Stadium.

“It feels pretty magical,” said Williams, who finished with 37 goals and 16 assists this season. “For a lot of us, this is our last game and to go out like this is something I wouldn’t have even dreamed of. I feel on the verge of tears I’m so happy and I know a lot of the guys feel the same way.

“We’ve been here three times. I think we knew how to handle this game a lot better than the other team did. Our technical ability is just so sound and they didn’t expect it.”

Archbishop Murphy (22-0-0) became just the fourth team in state history in all classifications to win three or four titles in a row. The Wildcats finished the season with the program pushing their winning streak to 43 matches.

ATM earned the title of first threepeat champion since 4A Mountain View pulled it off in 1991, 1992 and 1993. Mount Rainier won three in succession in 3A in 1987, 1988 and 1989. Jefferson of Federal Way took a state-best four straight in 4A from 1983 to 1986.

The Wildcats posted the largest margin of victory in a state title match, eclipsing University Prep’s 6-0 triumph over St. George’s in the 1A final in 2004. ATM outscored opponents 109-7 this season.

The best match of the season came in the finale.

“They made some promises to me and they came through,” ATM coach Michael Bartley said after putting an all-senior lineup in at the end. “That group that finished on the field, you know was a great group for four years. Obviously, that’s why we have three [state] championships.

“I can’t say enough about them. They’re special.”

The Wildcats struck for three goals in the opening 13 minutes and led 5-0 in the 33rd minute when Crisler tallied his second goal of the match on an assist from Williams, one of 12 seniors to go out in style.

 

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