The Athenians are sectional champions once again.

After not defending their 2012 crown last year, Crawfordsville defeated Western Boone 4-2 on Saturday to win the boys' sectional 48 title.

Crawfordsville got on the board first when Michael Minks got a penalty kick past the Stars' goalie to make it 1-0. Brayton Dewees evened things up with 18:13 left in the first half with a score for Western Boone.

"We gave Michael Minks the game ball. We have two seniors, (Nathaniel) Busenbark and Minks," Crawfordsville head coach Dan Durrwachter said. "We haven't taken Minks off the field this season. He's taking goal kicks, taking free kicks and he's also the last line of defense to make sure they don't score."

Felipe Wilson scored the first of his two goals with 7:43 left in the first half to give Crawfordsville a 2-1 lead they would hold until intermission.

The Athenians came out of the break furiously. They hit the crossbar 10 minutes in and Wilson found the back of the net four minutes later to make it 3-1. The Western Boone bench was not happy with the goal, arguing that Wilson was offsides.

Dewees cut the deficit to a single goal once more with 20 minutes left in the second half, but Willy Cifuentes delivered the dagger with 11:02 remaining to establish the 4-2 final.

"We used our space and we possessed. That's what we've been preaching all season and it worked," Durrwachter said. "We just had to stay in front of them on defense and make sure there were no good looks. We told them after the game, we are raising this trophy as a team. Because that's what it takes."

Crawfordsville will now travel to the Tipton regional where they will meet No. 6 Northwestern Thursday at 7 p.m. If they can win, they will face the winner of No. 1 Guerin Catholic and No. 18 Hamilton Heights.

The Athenians knocked off Northwestern 1-0 in 2012 before losing to Guerin 5-0, who went on to be the state runner up that year.

"On July 17 we invited Northwestern out here and played a summer friendly without some of our guys and lost 4-1. But that's where the preparation for Thursday started - playing them over the summer," Durrwachter said.