If nothing else, Providence Classical Christian boys soccer coach Nathan Morris figured chemistry shouldn’t be a problem for his team this season. The Highlanders feature three sets of twins and a few other siblings on their 20-man roster. In a sport where teamwork is vitally important, that’s a pretty big advantage. Providence showed just how big on Nov. 20.
Sophomore Caleb Moisant took a pass from older brother Andrew with two minutes to go in the second overtime period and finished into the far post for a dramatic game-winning goal, giving Providence a 2-1 victory in the championship game of the Class 2B/1B boys soccer state tournament at Sunset Chev Stadium.
It was the first state title of any kind for Providence Classical Christian (17-2), which is located in Lynnwood.
“My assistants and I have been with these kids for five or six years, ever since they were in sixth grade,” Morris said. “We knew they were going to be a good team then, they just had to grow up and get big enough. But no matter how good your team is, some things have to fall in place just right and they did for us.”
Andrew Moisant, whose twin brother Eric is also on the team, scored in the 63rd minute on a pass from Ryan Morris, who set up the goal with a 60-yard dash before dishing off to Moisant for a 1-0 lead.
“They know how each other plays, they support each other, they’ve played together for a long time,” Morris said of the bevy of siblings on his team. “They just have a chemistry together.”
Providence senior keeper Oliver Thomas saved a penalty kick to keep the score 1-0 but Shoreline (14-8) tied it later when Travis Hudson scored off an assist from Taejoon Hwang.
Morris said his team was confident heading into overtime but when no goals came, he had drawn up his penalty kick lineup and was prepared to go to a shootout before Caleb Moisant scored the game-winner.
Providence loses two starters and a reserve off of this team but returns a large group of juniors who now get to prepare to defend a state title.
“I’m really proud, they have worked so hard for a long time for this,” Morris said. “I feel really good that we were able to experience this together.”