CHAM­PI­ONSHIP COM­BI­NA­TION

Wich­lin­ski sets up Zamora for lone goal as Bishop Noll wins pro­gram’s 1st state ti­tle

Post Tribune (Sunday) - - Sports - By Michael Osipoff

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — A role re­ver­sal be­tween sopho­mores Bruno Zamora and Jake Wich­lin­ski net­ted Bishop Noll the pro­gram’s first state ti­tle.

Zamora’s clin­i­cal goal on a beau­ti­ful pass from Wich­lin­ski lifted the War­riors to a 1-0 win against In­di­anapo­lis Rit­ter in Fri­day night’s Class 2A cham­pi­onship game at IUPUI’s Car­roll Sta­dium.

Zamora was wide-eyed as he re­ceived his cham­pi­onship medal.

“We didn’t want any­thing less than this,” he said. “It’s like a dream. I haven’t even pro­cessed it yet. I’m in shock.”

Zamora, a mid­fielder, set a pro­gram record with 24 as­sists this sea­son. Wich­lin­ski, a for­ward, set a pro­gram record with 35 goals.

But with less than 28 min­utes left Fri­day, Wich­lin­ski threaded a pass that re­sulted in his ninth as­sist, with Zamora fin­ish­ing for his 10th goal.

“I knew to look up and saw Bruno mak­ing the per­fect run,” Wich­lin­ski said. “I said, ‘Please, God, let this go through.’ And it went through. It turned out per­fectly.”

Zamora, who ex­ited the game for six min­utes in the first half af­ter get­ting kicked in the right knee, showed plenty of speed on the de­ci­sive goal for the War­riors (20-2).

“I just had to do my part and give an op­tion for Jake,” Zamora said. “He played an amaz­ing ball across. I got it, looked up at goal

and every­thing slowed down. The next thing I knew, it was in the back of the net.”

Bishop Noll coach Quinn Cloghessy was elated af­ter the goal.

“I knew we were go­ing to have to take our chances,” Cloghessy said. “I knew we had the speed up there to gen­er­ate some­thing.

“Hats off to them — they’re a great team, well coached, and well or­ga­nized. I knew our chances were go­ing to be sparse.”

Se­nior goal­keeper Danny Salazar re­buffed any chance Rit­ter (18-5-1) might have gen­er­ated, mak­ing seven saves.

“I wasn’t even think­ing,” Salazar said. “Thank­fully I just got those saves.

“Since we were fresh­men, this is what we wanted. We worked so hard — so hard. It’s beau­ti­ful. This is for the Re­gion — ev­ery school, all my club broth­ers.”

Salazar left the game for two min­utes in the first half af­ter get­ting the wind knocked out of him. In the in­terim, sopho­more Miguel Men­doza made a key save.

“He did his job — per­fect,” Salazar said of Men­doza.

Bishop Noll was driven through­out this sea­son af­ter los­ing 1-0 to Fort Wayne Con­cor­dia Lutheran in a semis­tate last sea­son. The War­riors avenged that loss with a 3-2 semis­tate win.

And they fin­ished the job by win­ning the state ti­tle in their first trip.

“This was destiny,” Wich­lin­ski said. “Go­ing into the sea­son, we wanted to make his­tory. The minute we scored, we knew we were go­ing to win this game. We wanted to do it for the se­niors.”

The cham­pi­onship was es­pe­cially mean­ing­ful for Cloghessy. He grad­u­ated from Noll in 2010 and spent three sea­sons as an as­sis­tant be­fore tak­ing over this sea­son.

“When you tell a team, ‘Let’s go win state,’ it’s al­most like a pipe dream,” Cloghessy said. “But the more and more th­ese guys won, the more they started to be­lieve in them­selves.

“When the deck is stacked against you, th­ese guys proved if you work hard and be­lieve in your­self, you’re go­ing to get re­sults. I’m so happy for them — they de­serve it.”

SUZANNE TEN­NANT/POST-TRI­BUNE

The Bishop Noll boys soc­cer team bring the state cham­pi­onship tro­phy to the fans af­ter win­ning the Class 2A state fi­nal 1-0 against In­di­anapo­lis Rit­ter on Fri­day.

SUZANNE TEN­NANT/POST-TRI­BUNE

Bishop Noll’s Bruno Zamora, left, at­tempts to tip the ball away from In­di­anapo­lis Rit­ter’s Ryan Hofer dur­ing the Class 2A state cham­pi­onship game on Fri­day.

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