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With a state championship berth on the line, Joseph Guglielmo put an exclamation point on Friday’s thrilling state semifinal action at Jupiter High, scoring the goal that pushed St. Thomas Aquinas past Benjamin 11-10 in triple overtime.
The Raiders will face Ponte Vedra in the state title game on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. With Lake Highland Prep falling to the Sharks in the prior semifinal, this will mark the first time since 2002 that a team other than St. Andrew’s or Lake Highland Prep has captured the state championship.
“To me, it was like two heavyweights going toe-to-toe in the 15th [round] and we’re just swinging,” said St. Thomas Aquinas coach Terry Crowley, whose phone continuously chirped with congratulatory text messages after the game. “No matter what happens, they keep fighting.”
Meeting in the state semifinals for the second time in the past three years, this Benjamin (15-6) and St. Thomas Aquinas (18-0) matchup didn’t disappoint. Friday’s late semifinal was a seesaw battle, with neither team leading by more than one goal for all but 33 seconds in the game.
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