Nobody is perfect, but the McQuaid soccer team is

Knights finish the year 22-0 and Class AA state champs

ROCHESTER - The saying is 'nobody is perfect,' but that doesn't apply to the McQuaid boys soccer team.

On Sunday, the Knights accomplished what ever high school team dreams of, a perfect season.

22 wins, no ties, no losses and one state title.

"We're still pretty calm about the result I guess but at the same time we're really excited," said Nico Pierleoni. "It's a lot of emotion and I think over the next couple of weeks it will really sink in."

The Knights finished the season outscoring their opponents 97-6, yet they said they played this season with a chip on their shoulder.

"You know a lot of people said we were overrated and didn't play a lot of very good teams. We played good teams [in the state tournament] and were able to fight through the tough games and didn't give up," added senior Alex Reale.

McQuaid was nationally ranked most of the season but never let that distract the team.

"We would be 5-0 but coach would always tell us we're 0-0," added Pierleoni.

Less than 24 hours after winning their first state title in program history, plus a 4-hour bus ride home, the Knights admit it's going to take some time before it all sets in.

"The experience itself was amazing and to have 20 of them in their senior years is an amazing thing for them," smiled head coach Nino Pilato.

"It feels good actually because this wil be the last time I get to play on a soccer field with some of those boys and it makes me a little emotional," smiled Dominic Duncan.

"It's kind of sad knowing that, but to go out on top in such a fashion is going to be a real good memory that we can talk about later."

 


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