After slapping the crossbar in frustration in the first half, Matt Vowinkel owed that part of the goal a kiss and a thank you later on.
Vowinkel had a chance to give Chaminade an early lead but his shot sailed high over the net in the first half. But it took him just 19 seconds in the second to score the game's lone goal and give No. 1 Chaminade a 1-0 victory over No. 2 St. Anthony's in the CHSAA boys soccer final Wednesday at Adelphi.
The junior forward fired a shot from 30 yards that hit off the bottom of the crossbar and deflected into the net after a frustrating first half of multiple scoring chances the Flyers (16-2-2) just couldn't finish. It was Vowinkel's 22nd goal this season.
"There wasn't a lot of room at all," he said. "I figured I'd just hit it, see if it went through the both of them, sure enough it did. It was a nice goal."
Each team hit the crossbar or post twice in the first half. "It's just amazing how it's one inch that can determine the game," Vowinkel said.
It was St. Anthony's and Chaminade's fourth consecutive meeting in the championship game. Their previous two matchups went into penalty kicks at 0-0 -- with St. Anthony's (16-2-2) winning both times and ultimately winning state championships. This is Chaminade's first outright title since 2010 -- a year the Flyers won the state crown.
Chaminade goalkeeper Yanni Rigos made four saves and controlled the box, especially on corners.