Lucas Boada added: “It was a thrill. I knew our team could do it. It was a dream come true.”

It was not just monumental for the men’s soccer program, but for the entire athletic department. The Falcons men’s soccer team reaching the state championship game marked the first team sport in school history to do so.

The Falcons finished the season with an overall record of 19-3-2 and went a spotless 13-1 in district play, beating their foes 48-18 along the way. Frassati won the district championship and then made it through the playoffs to reach the state championship bout.

In the playoffs, Frassati defeated Cristo Rey Jesuit (4-2), St. Joseph Academy (2-1) and then St. Michael’s Catholic Academy (3-1) to reach the title match. In the TAPPS Division II State Championship game, the Falcons edged out Prince of Peace, 1-0, to finish as state runners-up.

“I think everyone realizes now that we’re a great team and people are going to respect us,” Lopez said. “Now we have to start acting like a big team.”

Lopez was an all-state honorable mention pick along with Antonio Moschella. In all-district teams, Moschella, Lopez, Boada, and Tyler Twellman were the top players. Second-team picks in all districts included Fede Celis and Gio Jabbour, while Michelangelo Moschella was an honorable mention pick.

Now that the entire state of Texas has been warned about Frassati’s men’s soccer, Lopez said the offseason will be crucial for them to build momentum from 2022 into the 2023 season.

“I think it’s important to stay motivated to make sure everyone works hard in the offseason,” he said. “So when we resume the season, we’re ready to pick up where we left off.”

As for the Falcons’ 2023 campaign, Lopez is expected to return to midfield, while Boada will be back in goal. Moschella is also expected to return to midfield.

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