Patriot boys win tight game with Swamp Foxes

  • Thursday, March 21, 2013

Roger Lee/Journal Scene -- Fort Dorchester’s Reilly Ashton fields an inbound pass.

The Fort Dorchester boys’ soccer team picked up its first region win of the season Tuesday when it defeated cross-town rival Ashley Ridge 1-0.
Patriot center midfielder Caleb Sandoval received a pass near the right sideline, darted past a Swamp Fox defender and made a beeline to the goal. He then sent a line drive into the left corner of the net with 28:22 remaining in the second half for the game’s only score.                                                                                                                      
“I saw space in the center so I cut it in,” Sandoval said. “I knew the shot was there; I just had to hit it.”
It was his second goal of the season.
Patriot goalkeepers Tiago Dos Santos and Christian Baker shared the shutout as both played a half in goal.
Fort Dorchester improved to 4-4 on the season with a 1-1 mark in region play with the win. Ashley Ridge dropped to 4-5-1, 0-2.
While only one shot found the net, each team did create scoring opportunities.
“Ashley Ridge took some really nice shots tonight,” Dos Santos said. “They came close a couple of times but we played our best game of the season so far. Ashley Ridge is stiff competition so I’m proud of my team.”
Ashley Ridge striker Sean Siehl had a shot sail just wide five minutes into the game and midfielder Manuel Enciso made a nice left-footed shot in stoppage time for the first half that was just off its mark.
Fort Dorchester’s Pablo Valenzuela and Zikeem Smith both took a shot that was just of its mark in the first half and Sandoval headed a pass from Reilly Ashton for a near Fort goal but Swamp Fox keeper Stockton Blanchard made a nice save.
With 25:25 remaining in the second half, Siehl sent a hard shot into the center of the crossbar. Later in the game Ashley Ridge striker Anson Girone made the Fort fans a bit uneasy with a pair of shots that were both just a tad high.
The Patriots continued to be aggressive after they took the lead and got some more good looks at the goal. Valenzuela had one of the better scoring opportunities for the Fort with just more than four minutes remaining but his shot sailed wide.
Fort Dorchester hosts Colleton County March 22 and Bluffton March 26 before hitting the road for a match at Summerville March 29.
Ashley Ridge hosts Beaufort March 22 and Summerville March 26 before hitting the road for a game at Colleton County March 28.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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