St. Vincent's ended their second title run the same way they ended their first: in dominant fashion.
The Saints grabbed the lead less than two minutes in on a Lauren O'Hearn strike and rolled to a 9-0 victory over Oglethorpe County to claim their second straight state championship.
"To come back and win it again is amazing," senior defender O'Hearn said. "I think we deserve it. Totally."
It'd be tough to argue with O'Hearn. The Saints outscored their playoff opponents 39-1 over the five games.
SVA may have saved their most complete domination for last. After O'Hearn's initial goal, the Saints added seven more before the halftime whistle. The second half was shortened to 20 minutes, and the Saints added one more early in the final half.
"It's awesome. It's humbling," said senior defender Elyssa Bogue. "It's definitely an experience we'll never forget."
Adding to the title victory was the Saints' answer to any doubts.
The program lost several seniors from last year's championship squad, and there were those who wondered if the 2017 title would be a one-time thing.
The Saints made sure that not only would that not be the case, but they are set up with young talent to make a run for the next few seasons.
"We were definitely nervous coming into this season, considering we had lost half our team," Bogue said. "But we pulled through. We worked together, and our chemistry grew as the season went on."
"This means that St. Vincent's is a program that is established, worth watching, and worth investing your time in," Head Coach Tess Tvrdy said. "There's no more doubt. We're good."
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