Colin Gleason, boys’ soccer coach at The Heights, was midway through a postgame interview when the unavoidable arrived. Gleason was discussing his team’s stellar performance in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game. The Heights, dominant all season in one of the area’s best leagues, had beaten Gonzaga, 3-0.
“This field here at Catholic is a lot bigger than our field,” Gleason was saying. “So just the fact that we were able to … ”
At that moment, three Cavaliers players sneaked up behind their coach and doused him with water. The celebration was on.
“I should have seen that coming,” Gleason said with a laugh.
The Cavaliers lead a pack of fall soccer champions in The Washington Post’s final rankings of the season. St. Albans, winner of the Interstate Athletic Conference and the D.C. State Athletic Association tournament, comes in right behind them. In Maryland, three local teams emerged with state titles: Leonardtown, Damascus and South River.