(Steven Bibas/Michael Paradoski photo)
The Vianney Golden Griffins soccer squad defeated Springfield Kickapoo 3-1 in the Class 4 semifinals on Friday night to earn a spot in the championship game for the first time since 2010.
The Griffins (23-7-2) will meet Rockhurst (26-3), which advanced with a 2-1 win over CBC in the other semifinal, in the Class 4 championship game at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Soccer Park. Vianney's last state title came back in 1992.
The Griffins advanced to the championship game with another strong all-around performance for their seventh straight win.
Jacob Sansone scored the game's first goal with a header at the 18:34 mark off a nice pass from Matthew Thomas. Steven Bibas scored an unassisted goal at the 50:55 mark and then Nick Christante made it 3-0 with a goal, assisted by Joe Ackfeld, at 52:36.
Kickapoo added a late goal to make the final score 3-1.
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