St. Stanislaus wins thriller over Bay High & Brandon nipped Gulfport Lady Admirals

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - St. Stanislaus had dropped two one goal games to Bay High during the regular season and finished second behind the Tigers in the Region 8-4A ranks.

On Tuesday as a thick fog rolled into Bay St. Louis and the visiting Rockachaws were highly visible with an aggressive offensive attack.  Tigers keeper Adam Grant stood tall making a number of saves in the first half in a scoreless game.

St. Stanislaus continued attacking the Tigers net and finally with about 90-seconds left in regulation, sophomore Dustin Bosch took a short pass and cranked up a solid kick with his left foot.  The ball would propel into the back of the Bay High net after hitting a Tigers player.

St. Stanislaus players and their fans exploded in celebration as the Rockachaws were finally able to crack the super defense of keeper Adam Grant.  It wasn't his fault.  The ball was redirected off a Tigers player as Grant slid down to make a possible stop.

Bosch said,"I saw the ball by my left foot, I knew that was my dominate foot and I could crank it. Hit it and good things happen when you hit it."

St. Stanislaus head coach Ryan Joiner said,"I think our boys from the get-go represented St. Stanislaus. Know what it means to work hard and be a champion. Everything they do is effort and absolute passion and I'm so proud of them and they deserve it tonight."

Rockachaws keeper Owen Betz gave tribute the Tigers.  He stated,"Bay played great, absolutely and we're just so happy to come out on top.  We knew we had to play good defense and not give up an early goal and we got the job done."

St. Stanislaus (16-6-1) claims the 4A South State Championship and berth into the State Championship game Saturday afternoon at one in Clinton facing the Florence-Lafayette winner.

Bay High ends the soccer season with 15-5-2 record.  The Tigers won the 4A State Championship in 2012.

Brandon defeated Gulfport 1-0 on a goal in the 27th minute of the first half by Olivia Taylor on a corner kick by Sarah Odom.  The game turned into a defensive tilt and that first half goal would be enough to send the Lady Bulldogs into Saturday's 6A State Championship game.

The Lady Admirals close out another banner season with a 14-4-3 record.

Our Lady Academy (17-2-2) travels to Hattiesburg tomorrow night at 6 facing Sacred Heart in the 1A-2A-3A South State Championship game.

St. Patrick (12-6-1) has the home field advantage Wednesday evening at 5 hosting St. Andrews in the boys 1A-2A-3A South State Championship game.

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