After graduating a slew of seniors from its 2016 D.C. State Athletic Association-winning boys soccer team, Washington International was thought to be in a rebuilding season.
Instead, the Red Devils reloaded and dominated the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference. Washington International outscored opponents 68-1 in league play going into Monday night’s PVAC title game.
In the finals, the Red Devils notched their 69th score of the season when senior Santiago Cubeddu dished a perfectly placed pass to freshman Gaebriel Tafana, who buried a long shot into the top corner of the goal.
That score proved to be championship-winning as the Red Devils prevailed 1-0 over Sandy Spring at Maryland SoccerPlex to win their third straight league tournament crown.
“It was a mixed team in terms of age, with a lot of younger kids. It was unlikely and usually needs more of a senior base to have that kind of success, but we got it done,” coach James Martin said.