This time around there was no miracle ﬁnish for the Jesuit Blue Jays soccer team.
In fact, Saturday’s re-match against St. Paul’s in the Division I Soccer Championship was essentially over shortly after it began.
The Wolves jumped on top of the Blue Jays less than a minute into the match when Michael Dufour was on the receiving end of a Connor Walmsley free kick and hammered a header past Jesuit goalkeeper Jacob Randolph to make it 1-0 on their way to a 3-0 triumph.
Despite the early goal, Randolph kept Jesuit in it with a pair of big saves, one coming just two minutes later, and then again in the 7th minute when he stopped another St. Paul’s header point blank.
Jesuit struggled to create chances against the Wolves’ back line, with the Blue Jays’ best opportunity coming in the 32nd minute when Gabe Simms’ header at close range was stopped by St. Paul’s keeper Trace Roberts.
The teams went to the break at 1-0 but it didn’t take long for the Wolves to extend the lead in the second half. Dufour once again made a run through the box on a free kick, this one taken by James Till, and again he headed it past Randolph to double the lead.
Dufor, The Most Outstanding Player for the match, would complete the hat trick with a penalty kick in the 54th minute.
Jesuit managed a few late chances, even outshooting St. Paul’s in the second half. But unlike their 2018 title match where Jesuit got a stoppage time equalizer and a game winner late in extra time, there was no comeback for the Blue Jays as they fell 3-0.
“It’s hard to judge the season on the very last game,” Jesuit coach Hubie Collins said. “Certainly, all the things that these seniors did and great young men did, I take my hat off and bow down to them.
“You come to a ﬁnal and on that night there is going to be one winner, but I wouldn’t judge our whole season on tonight’s game. I am very proud of them and proud of our seniors.”
As for the Blue Jays’ future, the team loses six starters from Saturday’s championship match.
“My heart bleeds for the seniors, but I think for the juniors and sophomores that are coming back, this will be a good learning moment for them,” said Collins. “This will leave a taste in their mouth that I know they will want to get rid of. So I know they will work hard throughout the season.
“It’s not a given that you make it to the ﬁnal, and it’s a great accomplishment for us to get to a ﬁnal. But we’re going to come back and work very, very hard and try and come back here next year.”
The Blue Jays end the season with a record of 22-1-6 and ﬁnish as runners-up for the 10th time in school history.