NORMAL, Ill. — It wasn’t where Parker wanted to finish, but tying the best mark in school history in a nice consolation prize.
Five different players scored, and the Colonels dispatched Genoa-Kingston 6-0 on Saturday in the Class 1A third-place match at the Corn Crib.
“I know before the season, me and (Griffin Amdur), we said to each other, anything less than first is going to be a failure,” Colonels senior Noah Wolff said. “But it’s good to be back. And it was a great season with these guys.”
It’s the second time in three seasons Parker (15-2-6) has finished third.
On Saturday, the Colonels did their damage off set pieces, whether it be corner kicks or free kicks. Amdur (three assists) continually sent in the dangerous balls.
“We were a lot taller than them, and we knew that going into it, so we wanted to exploit that, which we did in the set pieces,” said Amdur.
Matt Sharrin finished with two goals for Parker, which led 3-0 by halftime. Henry Peters and Sam Karmin both finished off Amdur deliveries in the first half, and Danny O’Connor headed in an Amdur free kick about nine and a half minutes into the second half.
Parker coach Neil Curran wasn’t happy with his team’s performance in a 3-0 loss to eventual champ Gibault on Friday, but the Colonels responded.
“It feels fairly redeeming from (Friday’s) game, to be able to do that against a club like Genoa,” Curran said.
Genoa-Kingston (17-8-1), which led Herscher before falling 4-1 in a Friday semifinal, couldn’t keep pace.
“We wanted to do a little better than we did,” Cogs coach Randy Tate said of his program’s first state finals appearance. “I think it took a lot of energy (Friday) out of us, because we really believed we could play in that final game.”
Parker’s Ben Weiss also headed in a goal with about 11 minutes left.
For the Colonels, a third state trophy in five seasons further cemented a spot as one of the better small-school programs in the state. Their only other loss was to St. Patrick.
“When we played together, when we played cohesively, we were unstoppable,” Curran said.
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