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Southern Boone takes state soccer title against Whitfield

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Southern Boone takes state soccer title against Whitfield
Whitfield High School defender Aiden Laubinger takes a goal kick

Whitfield High School defender Aiden Laubinger takes a goal kick during the state final game against Southern Boone High School on Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield, Mo. Laubinger is a junior at Whitfield.

Southern Boone boys soccer won its first state title in program history with a 1-0 victory over Whitfield in the Class 1 final Friday in Springfield.

The Eagles finished off the season with a perfect 20-0 record in their first season under coach Wade Vandelicht behind a goal from sophomore Mason Ahern with 30 minutes left.

After giving up only six goals in the regular season, Southern Boone shut out all five of its postseason opponents and outscored them 23-0. The only team to score multiple goals on the Eagles all season was Class 4’s Battle. The Eagles won that Sept. 28 game 4-2.

After beating Tolton 4-0 in the district final for an 11th straight district crown Nov. 4, the Eagles marched to the state final four for the sixth time in school history.

They had come back empty-handed each of the past five trips, with the team’s runner-up performance in 2012 being the closest it got to a title.

After a 6-0 win over New Covenant Academy and a scoreless first half against Whitfield, the Eagles secured the state title on their sixth try.

Haleigh Perrsinger, 11, and Lillian Brooks, 12, pose with signs that they made for their brothers

From left, Haleigh Perrsinger, 11, and Lillian Brooks, 12, pose with signs that they made for their brothers who were playing for Southern Boone in the state final against Whitfield on Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield, Mo.

Southern Boone midfielder Jack Bigos holds his hands behind his back

Southern Boone midfielder Jack Bigos holds his hands behind his back as head coach Wade Vandelicht addresses the team before the state final game against Whitfield on Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield.

Southern Boone forward Landon Beeson attempts to win the ball from Whitfield defender Quinn Hoerman

Southern Boone forward Landon Beeson attempts to win the ball from Whitfield defender Quinn Hoerman before the ball goes out of play during the MSHSAA Class 1 title match Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield. Southern Boone beat Whitfield 1-0.

Southern Boone forward Landon Beeson challenges Whitfield midfielder Kaeden Anderson for the ball

Southern Boone forward Landon Beeson, left, challenges Whitfield midfielder Kaeden Anderson for the ball during the state title match Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield. Southern Boone won its first state title in program history with a 1-0 win over Whitfield.

Parents and supporters of Southern Boone High School watch the state final game

Parents and supporters of Southern Boone High School watch the state final game against Whitfield on Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield, Mo.

Southern Boone High School and Whitfield High School players challenge to win possession of the ball

Southern Boone High School and Whitfield High School players challenge to win possession of the ball during their state final game Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield, Mo.

Southern Boone High School players run towards the stands

Southern Boone players run toward the stands to show their appreciation for their fans and parents after the end of their state final game against Whitfield on Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield, Mo. The Eagles won the game by a score of 1-0 and were crowned Class 1 champions.

Whitfield midfielder Francisco Gervasoni buries his head in his arms

Whitfield midfielder Francisco Gervasoni buries his head in his arms as Southern Boone players are awarded their first place medals after the state final game Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield, Mo. Gervasoni is a senior at Whitfield.

Southern Boone defender Lleyton Shoot applauds

Southern Boone defender Lleyton Shoot applauds

Southern Boone defender Lleyton Shoot applauds to show his appreciation for the Southern Boone supporters after the win against Whitfield on Friday at the Cooper Sports Complex in Springfield. Shoot’s parents, Jason Shoot and Rebecca Shoot, were among the supporters in attendance.

  • Former photographer, photo editor, and assistant director of photography. Reach me at hjtr43@mail.missouri.edu

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