COVINGTON — No. 17 Sulphur pulled even with No. 1 St. Paul’s in the second half and goalkeeper Tanner Massey stopped nearly a dozen shots, but the Wolves scored two unanswered goals to end the Tors’ season in the Division I regional round Wednesday night 3-1.
“You had some coaches talking about how it would be 12-0 and mercy rule, but we came in with a good game plan and for 60 minutes we executed it to perfection,” Sulphur head coach Trevor Foolkes said. “The first half we played against the wind, and we picked up their attackers.
“We man-marked their top scorers. They had a couple of chances to score, but it was not from their main guys. The kids played good and hard.”
Massey, a senior, made several tough saves to keep the high-scoring Wolves in check and finished with a season-high 10 saves. St. Paul’s (20-0) entered the game undefeated with 98 goals in 19 games.
“Like I told the kids before the game, between both teams we have the best player on the field,” Foolkes said. “We have a goalkeeper that is better than anybody else on the field.
“He has six or seven point-blank saves. He played a couple of different positions when he was young, but it wasn’t till his junior year that he played goalkeeper (fulltime). He wanted to have a good game against a high caliber team like that.”
Massey made 17 saves in two playoff games.
Four minutes into the second half, Sulphur’s (13-6-5) Tyler Vincent scored off a free kick by Mathew Walsh to tie the game at 1-1.
But in the 50th minute, St. Paul’s Michael Dufour was fouled inside the penalty box, and James Bradford scored on his second penalty kick of the game to put the Wolves up 2-1. Bradford scored the Wolves first goal on a penalty kick late in the first half.
Sulphur pushed hard in the closing minutes to get the tying goal and got a corner kick, but St. Paul’s scored its third goal in stoppage time.