The first-place trophy for the Titan Cup Tournament won't have to travel far to find its home. The 2013 edition of the eight-team bracket was won in impressive fashion by the home team.
TCA ran through its first two opponents before winning a tough, 2-0 battle over Peak to Peak in the championship game Saturday night.
TCA's Robby Jacobs scored quickly from a tough angle off his left foot to put the Titans up 1-0 just 3:45 into the game.
"We are extremely explosive offensively, and everybody on our team is fast," said Jacobs, a sophomore. "We just have a great attacking half."
Jacobs added another goal in the 65th minute to essentially end the game when he weaved between defenders and softly put the ball past the keeper.
In the three games - which included a 7-1 win over Alexander Dawson on Friday night and a 9-1 victory over Manual on Saturday morning - Jacobs scored a total of eight goals.
"He just continues to get better and better, and it's very scary that he's only a sophomore," TCA coach Blake Galvin said of Jacobs. "He makes me grin a lot, and I'm excited to see how much better he can get in the next few years."
Galvin had much to grin about over the three-game tournament. The Titans as a whole looked to be in mid-season form, outscoring their three opponents 18-2. Of the eight times the tournament has been held, TCA has won five Titan Cups.
Jacobs wasn't the only underclassman to emerge. Freshman Titus Grant tallied five goals in the wins over Alexander Dawson and Manual.
"We've better working hard all summer and playing a lot together and growing together," Grant said of the young TCA roster - which starts four freshmen. "When we play a team like Peak to Peak it makes us want to play harder and push more."
The game surely didn't look or feel like an early-season contest. Both teams played a fast, physical style of soccer, which led to heated tempers and hard tackles.
When the final whistle blew, TCA was left to admire its three-game run, and the players took turns holding the trophy.
"This game was nice because we had some competition and were able to show how good we are," Jacobs said. "We always want to win this tournament and now it's time to keep this going."