Three teams face stiff competition in the playoffs this weekend
There are some high-quality playoff matchups in the Summerville area this weekend.
On Saturday, a pair of Top 10 Class AAAA boys' soccer teams will go head-to-head at Bagwell Stadium.
Fort Dorchester (14-5), ranked 10th among the state's 4-A teams, will host ninth-ranked Dutch Fork (16-5-1) at noon. The Silver Foxes advanced to the third round of the playoffs with a 2-1 win Thursday over top-ranked Wando. The Patriots advanced with a 2-1 overtime victory over Spring Valley.
“Tonight the boys showed a commitment and a desire to win that I hadn't seen from them this season,” Fort Dorchester coach Chris Jones said. “We've been talking about it, but tonight they proved they have a strong desire to win because that was an even game. Our boys' just took it tonight so I'm proud of them.”
The Patriots' contest was a tight match that didn't see a score until the final eight minutes of regulation.
The Fort was awarded a free kick deep in Viking territory. Mahlie Clay booted the ball to Reilly Ashton who sent a high shot just out of the reach of the Spring Valley goalkeeper and into the net with 7:15 showing on the game clock.
All the Patriots had to do was run out the clock, but Spring Valley took advantage of a free kick from deep within its own territory to tie the game in the closing minute.
The high and long kick sailed up field and after landing took a high bounce that left Fort keeper Christian Baker with a tough decision on whether to run up to try to secure the ball or play back. Baker attacked the ball and was about to grab it when Spring Valley's Brandon Burke leaped up and used his tall frame to head the ball past Baker and into the goal for a 1-1 tie.
In the first 10-minute overtime period, the Fort had some good scoring opportunities but couldn't put the ball into the net. Spring Valley also took some shots, but Baker made three saves in the period.
The Patriots finally broke the tie late in the second overtime period. Defender Koh Matsumoto gained possession in Viking territory and sent a precision pass across midfield to forward Jack Stasek who sprinted by the second-last defender to pull the Viking keeper out of the goal. Stasek then sent a shot out of the keeper's reach and into the net for the 2-1 Fort lead.
In other soccer playoff action, the Pinewood Prep boys will take on Cardinal Newman at noon Saturday at Patriot's Point Soccer Stadium in the SCISA Class AAA state championship match.
The Panthers (19-3) defeated Hammond in the semi-finals Wednesday to advance to the title match while Cardinal Newman defeated Porter-Gaud.
The Summerville softball team (22-7) will host Bluffton (21-6) in the Class AAAA Lower State championship series Friday. The two 2013 co-region champs for Region 8-AAAA will clash once again at 5 p.m. at the Summerville High School softball field located beside Gregg Middle School.
The Green Wave and the Bobcats split their regular-season games this year and then Summerville handed Bluffton a 2-1 loss Monday in the playoffs to secure home-field advantage for the title series.
Bluffton will have to defeat Summerville twice in order to advance to the 4-A state championship series. If the Bobcats win the first game, the second game will follow with a coin flip determining which team will be designated as the home team.
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