Written by Corbett Smith
240-pounder helps Nolan boys top John Paul, win state soccer title again
SOUTHLAKE — The biggest player on the pitch came up big.
Fort Worth Nolan’s Michael Egenti, a hulking 6-4, 240-pound forward, scored the game’s opening goal and assisted on two more as Nolan won it second straight TAPPS Division I boys soccer title, beating John Paul II, 3-1, at Dragon Stadium.
“I’ve been preparing for this game all year, and it’s a blessing,” Egenti said.
The final was postponed from Feb. 18 because of storms in San Antonio, the original championship site. It was rescheduled at a more accommodating venue for the two schools.
In the 18th minute, Egenti used his size to shrug off a defender inside the 18-yard box, hitting a shot that glanced off of keeper J.W. Dillard and into the net.
Egenti — a senior defensive end on Nolan’s title-winning football team — helped put the game out of reach in the second half, making assists on goals from Zach Phipps and Ryan Gonzalez.
Nolan coach Adam Clementson said Egenti’s touch has been overlooked by his size.
“He’s been like that all year. …” Clementson said. “He enables our boys to play in a certain style, and we are going to miss him.”
John Paul II (13-4-5) dominated possession in the final 10 minutes of the first half, resulting in a good scoring opportunity in the 38th minute. With Nolan’s keeper pulled out of goal, JP II’s Connor Shoevlin attempted to tie the game on a chip. Nolan defender Connor Abene headed the shot off the goal line.