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St. Anthony's captures state CHSAA girls soccer title

Eva LaVecchia #20 of St. Anthony's gets ready

Eva LaVecchia #20 of St. Anthony's gets ready to make a centering pass during a Nassau-Suffolk CHSAA girls soccer game against Kellenberg at St. Anthony's High School on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021.  Credit: James Escher

The Friars’ "Fab Four" of seniors Sonoma Adams, Eva LaVecchia, Olivia Perez, and Emily Riggins started every game since their sophomore year. They have won three league titles, and a state championship and looked to add to that list on Saturday.

"Everything we have worked for, done on and off the field has worked," Adams said. It’s not just one person, it’s everyone together."

St. Anthony’s defeated St. Mary’s-Lancaster, 3-0, to claim the state CHSAA championship on Saturday in Buffalo, the Friars' 35th straight victory. LaVecchia, Perez, and Riggins each scored a goal.

"Scoring in a state championship is a once in a lifetime experience, I can’t explain the excitement." LaVecchia said.

The Friars (20-0) led 2-0 at halftime and played down a player for nearly the entire second half after receiving a red card. Riggins scored their final goal to make it 3-0. St. Mary's is 12-6.

"This win meant so much, because it was my final high school game, I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished." Riggins said.

An eight-hour bus ride up to Buffalo was the final bonding experience for the team.

"It’s what you dream about, we’re a family." Perez said.

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