Panthers beat Knights on penalty kicks

Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax defeated Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association boys soccer championship Nov. 14 at Sports Backers Stadium in Richmond.

The Panthers, seeded No. 7, played the top-seeded Knights to a 0-0 tie through the end of the second overtime period. Paul VI won in the shootout 4-2.

"This year will be remembered for a team and group of seniors that refused to quit, despite major injuries, heartbreaking losses and a fair bit of bad luck," said head coach Matt Leiva. " I couldn't be prouder of the team and especially the senior class and captains who from day one set a tone of being a family above anything else."

This is the second VISAA state championship for the Panthers in the last 5 years.

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