Prep soccer: Trupo’s scoring spree leads Catholic boys to title
SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Charleston Catholic's Sam Revercomb perfectly booted a ball into the box that Joey Trupo redirected off his left foot and into the back of the net.
It was one fluid motion and one important goal in Wednesday morning's Class AA/A boys state soccer championship at the Friends of Coal Fields at Trace Fork.
Trupo scored two more first-half goals for a hat trick that took 7:38 of game clock, and the Irish rolled past Fairmont Senior, 5-0, for the school's fourth consecutive state title.
Trupo scored at 33:11, 30:56 and 25:33 to stake Catholic with a three-goal lead, and then he and Revercomb added a pair of insurance goals in an 89-second span to start the second half to vanquish any possibility of late-game drama.
"Every newspaper person that called me this year, I sounded like a very pessimistic coach because I didn't feel as if this team had put together its best effort and it truly hadn't," Catholic Coach Sam Fox said. "We had good games throughout the year but we didn't put together our two best halves of soccer until today.
"We built up to a crescendo and today was the perfect game for us."
The win extended Catholic's unbeaten streak to 55 games, which dates back to a loss at Parkersburg in the 2010 regular season finale. The Irish are 51-0-4 over that span and this season went 23-0-2.
The two draws came against George Washington (2-2) and Parkersburg (3-3), State Tournament qualifiers in Class AAA.
Trupo, a freshman, scored a flurry of goals to squelch Fairmont Senior's hopes early.
The Polar Bears had scored more than three goals just three times in their past 17 games.
"The worst thing we could've done today is get off to a bad start and that's exactly what happened," Fairmont Senior Coach Jim DeNardi said. "They just jumped on us early. First 10 minutes and we're down 3-0 and in that kind of situation it's tough to recover.
"It takes the kids out of the game; they get their heads down a little bit."
Catholic went 27:59 without a goal after Trupo completed his hat trick. Trupo then added his fourth goal and Revercomb added another to complete the scoring with 36:05 left.
"Once we got that third goal I felt pretty good," Fox said. "Soccer is a weird game because you give up a goal and the momentum starts to swing and you never know how it can turn out."
Catholic edged Bridgeport, 2-1, in Tuesday's state semifinals.
"We always struggle with come out hard and scoring quickly," Revercomb said. "But I think after (Trupo's) first goal the game changed. He scored two right after that and the game was pretty much over by halftime."
Revercomb finished with one goal and one assist. Lucas Gocke had two assists and Domenic Cipollone and Mitchell Stanley assisted on the second-half goals.
The Irish have plenty of talent returning, including three more years of Trupo, so becoming the state's first program to win five consecutive state titles is the next goal.
Wheeling Park won four straight titles from 1998-2001.
"We like to have a target on our back," Revercomb said. "They haven't hit it yet."
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