Mr. Champion

| November 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

Benilde-St. Margaret’s celebrates state title with Mr. Soccer

Johnny Mulvahill, a senior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, holds the Class A state championship trophy won by his team Nov. 3 at the Metrodome. He scored the Red Knights’ final goal in a 3-1 win over defending state champion Prairie Seeds Academy. He also was named Mr. Soccer in Class A. The BSM girls also played in the state finals, losing to Blake 1-0. Dave Hrbacek / The Catholic Spirit

When Johnny Mulvahill, a senior at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, scored his team’s final goal in the boys soccer state Class A championship game Nov. 3 at the Metrodome, he knew what he had to do next.

He ran to the corner of the field and did a celebration dance. Earlier, he had promised a BSM alum, Michael McCarthy, that he would do this if he scored.

At this point, late in the game, he knew it also was a state title celebration dance. The Red Knights were up 3-1 against defending state champion Prairie Seeds Academy. With soccer goals typically hard to come by, it was time to start thinking about another boys soccer title for BSM.

“It’s something you dream about,” said Mulvahill, one of 17 seniors on the team. “It’s an incredible feeling.”

But, the honors didn’t end there for Mulvahill, who capped a 17-goal season by being named Mr. Soccer in Class A. It’s the first time a BSM player has received the award. Mulvahill is a three-year varsity player with 22 career goals and 16 assists.

Although Mulvahill is officially listed in the program as a defender, he switched to forward during the second half and stayed there. That’s fine with him because it’s his favorite position.

For a while, he thought about going to college out east to play NCAA Division I soccer, but he has since changed his mind and decided to stay in Minnesota. His two top school choices are Macalaster College in St. Paul and St. John’s University in Collegeville.

For the Red Knights, this is their fifth boys soccer title. The others came in 2006, 2003, 2000 and 1997.

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