Patriot boys take region lead with win over Eagles
The Fort Dorchester boys’ soccer team earned a 3-2 overtime victory over Beaufort Tuesday to move into first place for Region 8-AAAA.
Patriot coach Chris Jones was concerned last week’s spring break might impact the momentum his team had built. However the Fort came off break and claimed its fifth straight victory, avenging its only region loss in the process.
The Patriots improved to 8-4 on the season with a 5-1 mark in the region. The Eagles, which defeated the Fort on penalty kicks in the region opener for both teams last month, fell to 8-3 and 4-2.
“We played a little as if we had just came off spring break, but it is good to get a win like this under those circumstances,” Jones said. “Beaufort has a great group of kids and is a well-coached team so I’m happy our boys came together and got the W in what is the biggest game of the season for us so far.”
After regulation ended in a tie, Fort Dorchester controlled the ball for most of overtime.
In the closing seconds of the first OT period, Alihan Ozsoylu broke free for great scoring opportunity but was illegally tackled from behind before he could take his shot. The officials placed the ball just inches outside of the box and Spencer Wilder took the free kick.
He drilled a shot just to the left of the wall and into the left side of the net for the 3-2 margin. The Patriots then continued to control the ball to keep Beaufort from getting off a shot in the second OT period.
Jones said it was nice to see the emphasis his team has placed on the 5 Minute Rule this year pay off. The rule hinges on the theory that a high percentage of goals are scored either in the first five minutes or last five minutes of a half or within five minutes of another goal being scored. Therefore, according to the rule, players should be at their most alert during those times.
“Our motto all year has been control the five minutes, follow the 5 Minute Rule,” Jones said. “Our captains stepped up and said this is a great opportunity to follow the 5 Minute Rule. Right from the start (of overtime) we went for it so I am proud of them. We have talked about that, but they did it on their own tonight.”
Beaufort did create one golden scoring opportunity in the first OT period. The Eagles sent a pass into the Fort box and the goalkeeper came out in an attempt to grab it. He was unable to secure it and a Beaufort player quickly slipped by him for a shot. Luckily for the Patriots, defender Clay Mahlie ran the ball down and swept it away before it could cross the goal line.
Regulation for the match was a battle that saw Beaufort take nine corner kicks while Fort Dorchester took eight.
Less than a minute into the game Lopez Hector scored for the Eagles, but the Patriots needed less than three minutes to answer. Ashton Reilly sent in a Fort corner kick that the Beaufort keeper was unable to secure. A scramble in the box followed and the ball was deflected in for a score.
With a little more than three minutes remaining in the half Caleb Sandoval and Gonzalo Millan worked the ball into the Beaufort box and Sandoval hit a shot for a 2-1 Fort advantage entering halftime.
Beaufort’s other goal came 16 minutes into the second half. Following an Eagles’ corner kick, Rabon Santee hit a shot from the left side of the goal.
Both teams took some nice shots afterwards, but the defenses held through the rest of regulation.
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