FENTON • Scott Ross wasn't exactly sure what to make of the opportunity that came his way Saturday night.
The Chaminade High defender is known for his back-line skills. His shot-making ability, although better-than-average, is not his strength.
But Ross was selected by his teammates to take a penalty kick just three minutes into the championship match of the CYC/Bob Guelker Meyer Division championship at Soccer Park.
The defensive wizard made good with a rocket-like drive to kick-start the Red Devils to a 3-0 win over Parkway South in the prestigious 64th annual event.
"I just put it in the side netting and that was it," Ross said. "I'll tell the coaches every day I should be playing up top."
Chaminade (13-3) has won its last five matches by a combined 17-0.
Parkway South (12-4-1), which was coming off a 2-1 win over Webster Groves on Friday, had won three of its previous four contests.
After scoring his first goal of the season, Ross retreated to his normal defensive spot, where he turned in a trio of outstanding plays. He headed a ball out of danger off a free kick midway through the opening half. His tackle of a Parkway South forward in the closing minute helped preserve the clean sheet.
"It wasn't weird for me to put a goal in," Ross said. "I know my team has confidence in me."
Senior Joe Reed and sophomore Joe Hipskind scored in a 60-second span late in the first half to give the Red Devils some breathing room.
Senior keeper Joe Mitchell made several fine saves, including a diving tip of a hard shot early in the second half. Mitchell and Marty Sheahan have combined to record five successive shutouts.
But Ross took center stage on this night, with his much-talked about PK success.
"He never misses, even in practice," Reed said. "Everybody was hyped up at the start of the game. With that happening so early, it just built the momentum for us."
Reed tallied his team-leading eighth goal by being in the right place at the right time. A clearing attempt deflected off his body and into the net behind keeper Brett Hoekstra, who played well at times.
Hipskind converted on a header off a picture-perfect cross from Zach Walsh in the 37th minute.
"That was nice goal," Chaminade coach Mike Gauvain said. "They worked for that one."
Parkway South came back in the second half with several runs of strong possession. Senior forward Kevin Ovalle just failed to connect on free kick early in the second half.
The Patriots put together a strong run to reach the championship match.
"I was real proud of our guys," South coach Dave Gauvain said. "I thought we did a nice job of matching their level after they did their thing for five or 10 minutes. The big positive is that we got to the final."
The Red Devils have kicked their game into high gear over the last few weeks. Reed feels his club can continue its current run the rest of the campaign.
"This is big, it means a lot to win this," Reed said. "It shows people what we're capable of doing."