Written by Travis Clark

When Gatorade High School National Player of the Year Lucas Mendes opted to play high school soccer for the first time as a senior, part of the reason he cited was to bring a state championship to Washington Lee, his high school in Arlington, Va.

On Saturday, Mendes and his team accomplished that dream, defeating First Colonial 3-1 to capture the 6A VHSL championship.

After teammate Maycol Nunez scored twice in the first half (pushing his own total to 27 on the season), Mendes, a University of Virginia recruit for 2016, helped put icing on the cake in flashy fashion.

His rabona created a chance for Andrew Kamian, who saw his shot saved, before Benhur Gebretensaie cleaned up for the insurance goal.

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