IHSAA Boys Soccer

1996-97 State Finals in Review


North Central of Indianapolis successfully defended its title by defeating South Bend St. Joseph's and Fort Wayne Canterbury November 2, 1996 at Kuntz Stadium in Indianapolis to capture the Third Annual Indiana High School Athletic Association Boys Soccer Championships.

Ranked No. 3 going into the tournament in the state coaches association poll, North Central finished 18-3-1 by defeating South Bend St. Joseph's 3-0 in the semifinals and Fort Wayne Canterbury 6-1 in the state championship match. As in the previous two years, the Panthers were coached to the state title by Jerry Little.

Senior forward Kei Tennyson scored three goals in his final high school match, and classmate Matt Fundenberger scored twice. The pair set the tone early in the match when Tennyson lofted an accurate cross from the left corner that Fundenberger headed into the near side of the goal at 35:22.

Fundenberger also had scored two goals in the semifinals match against South Bend St. Joseph's, and finished the season with 30. Tennyson tallied four goals for the day to finish the season with 22.

Fort Wayne Canterbury, which reached the IHSAA state finals for the first time in any sport, advanced to the state championship match with a 2-0 triumph over Washington in the semifinals.

Zachary Schaub of Washington High School was chosen by the IHSAA Executive Committee as the 1996 recipient of the C. Eugene Cato Award for Mental Attitude in Boys Soccer. Farm Bureau Insurance, corporate partner of the IHSAA, presented a $1,000 scholarship in Schaub's name to Washington High School.

A record total of 203 schools and 4,553 athletes began competition at the sectional level.


Fort Wayne Canterbury 01-- 1
North Central (Indpls.)2 4--6

Officials: Ken Mather, John Denkmann, Hans Gut, Kursad Oguz.

Attendance: 1,521

Scoring Summary

North Central (Indpls.) -- Matt Fundenberger, 4:38 of first period, assist by Kei Tennyson; Kei Tennyson, 23:44 of first period, unassisted; Matt Fundenberger, 18:06 of second period, penalty kick; Kei Tennyson, 19:57 of second period, assist by Matt Tabor; Harry Stegman, 26:23 of second period, unassisted; Kei Tennyson, 29:09 of second period, unassisted.

Fort Wayne Canterbury -- Luke Carpenter, 2:13 of second period, assist by Dan Limburg.

Fort Wayne Canterbury

Shots on Goal GoalsAssists
Nathaniel Shoaff10 0
Julian Jordan00 0
Phil Presser00 0
Rob Chenoweth00 0
Lee Crawford10 0
Dan Limburg20 1
Dustin Penn10 0
Craig Balkenbusch00 0
Luke Carpenter31 0
John Presser00 0
Jordan Graham00 0
Byron Hayes10 0
Adam Green00 0
Adam Ross00 0
Rinaldo Perez00 0
Sam Runyan00 0
Matt Hauck00 0
Jack Westfall00 0
Simon Klink00 0
Greg Johnson00 0
Adarsh Mantravadi0 00
Totals91 1

North Central (Indpls.)

Shots on Goal GoalsAssists
Keith Shui00 0
Eric Mills00 0
Harry Stegmann21 0
Chris Greiner30 0
Gavin Smith00 0
Matt Fundenberger32 0
Scott McNichols00 0
Ben Robinson00 0
Kei Tennyson53 1
Matt Tabor00 1
Scott Walti00 0
Mark Olas00 0
Damian Leiba00 0
John Stevning00 0
Paul Charnoski00 0
Dan McAfee00 0
Nick Jordan00 0
Takeo Inoue00 0
Yanive Shmoel00 0
Andrew Radecki00 0
Brett Northcutt00 0
Nick Ham00 0
Grant Smith00 0
Totals13 62