MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Moooo-dhe. Moooo-dhe. Moooo-dhe.
Each time Patrick Moodhe approaches the sideline for a throw-in, he can hear those chants from teammates and fans.
"I can hear it," Moodhe said. "It kind of feels special."
It was special in Friends Academy's 1-0 win over Lansing in the state Class C boys soccer championship Sunday at Middletown High School. Moodhe's high arching throw-in from in front of his own bench landed on the head of Jon Nierenberg, who put it home to give the Quakers the lead in the 60th minute.
"It was hard for everyone to capitalize on it today because they were defending it well," Moodhe said. "It was just a matter of time before somebody could get a head on it."
That head happened to be Nierenberg's. "Pat takes all of our throw-ins and the kid can throw it 40 or 50 yards," Nierenberg said. "He's such a weapon. Anytime we can get the ball in the box with one throw, it puts it in the other team's mind that [they have to] mark up."
Lansing (19-2) did mark up Nierenberg, but not well enough to deny the Quakers (15-1-2) from capturing their third state title in program history.
"The ball was wet out there, so I dried it off well enough to get a good grip on it and get it close to Jon," Moodhe said. "There's always the anticipation for it. Not every goal comes on a throw-in. So special to be a part of it in that way."
Friends Academy coach Marshall Lindner said about one-third of the Quakers' goals have come on Moodhe's throw-ins.
"He's a baseball and basketball player," Lindner said. "He's used to those things. This is what a championship game is all about. Both teams played tremendous. I'm proud of our kids. What a great thrill."
Moodhe nearly produced another goal off a throw-in, this one landing on the foot of forward Liam Bardong, who ripped a shot just wide of the left post.