CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The St. Joseph boys soccer team was looking to earn their second straight postseason upset over an area top-five team Thursday night.
Coming off a 4-1 upset win over No. 5 Sissonville on Tuesday, the Irish were trying to do the same against Charleston Catholic just two days later.
St. Joe, though, despite a valiant effort, suffered the same fate every other school has against the top-ranked Irish the past two-plus seasons.
Catholic, the three-time defending Class AA/A champions, extended its non-losing streak to 53 consecutive matches, knocking off St. Joe 2-0 in the Region 4, Section 2 final at Schoenbaum Field inside Coonskin Park.
The Irish didn't lose a match last year on their way to their third straight title, finishing 23-0-2. Catholic has still yet to lose this year as well in hopes of a rare four-peat, currently with a 20-0-2 record.
The only non-wins this year were in a pair of ties against Class AAA powers George Washington and Parkersburg. Similarly, Catholic just suffered two ties against Class AAA teams GW and Spring Valley last season.
"We played a good game against Sissonville and had some momentum coming into this game, but you have to hand it to Charleston Catholic," St. Joe Coach Chuck Karnes. "It's the same thing every year.
"They have a heck of a team. That's the No. 1 team in the state overall. To keep them to two goals is an accomplishment in itself. I'm really proud of the guys."
As for Catholic, the improbable streak continues, and with three more victories, the unbeaten streak would reach 56 and a fourth straight state title.
"Fifty-three (games) since we have lost," Catholic Coach Sam Fox said. "That's a pretty good feat. "I told the boys this game is already in our rear view mirror. We are already looking forward to Tuesday night and the regional championship game."
"It's pretty impressive, but we try not to think about it," Catholic senior Sam Revercomb said of the streak. "Winning another title would be incredible. That's all we are focused on. That's been the dream from the start."
Revercomb netted the first goal of the game in the first half off a direct free kick, and with the game still in the balance, Catholic added a key insurance goal in the second half with 12:34 left on a goal from Luke Smith.