The Summerville boys’ soccer team upset cross-town rival Fort Dorchester Friday.
The Green Wave, which is unranked, earned a 3-1 victory in North Charleston over the Patriots, who are ranked 13th among the state’s Class AAAA teams.
“It was a battle at first,” Summerville captain Walker Riley said. “Both sides were going at it really good. I scored on a PK but they scored pretty quickly after that and then there was a lull in the game. The second half started slow but then we were able to pick it up and gain the momentum.”
Riley put Summerville on the board with his first of two penalty kicks but it didn’t take the Patriots long to answer. Fort Dorchester’s Ashton Reilly worked his way past the final Green Wave defenders and put the ball in the net and the teams entered the half tied.
Summerville’s Ryan West had several scoring opportunities in the second half. His first came after he drew a penalty kick, but Fort Dorchester keeper Josh Smith blocked the shot. With 13 minutes remaining, West drew another penalty kick.
The forward let Riley take the shot and he put the ball into the right corner of the net for the game-winning goal.
Less than two minutes later, Summerville’s Edward DeLonge gained possession of the ball inside the Fort box and sent a shot past the keeper to give Summerville a two-goal lead.
The Patriots did have some opportunities afterward to cut into the lead, but the Summerville defense held. With 9:15 remaining, Koh Matsumoto drew a penalty. Gonzalo Millan took the shot, but Summerville keeper Ashton Tanner made the stop.
Summerville improved its record for the regular season to 2-4-0 with a 1-0 mark in Region 8-AAAA. Fort Dorchester dropped to 4-1-0 and 1-1.
The win came at a good time for the Green Wave, which was coming off a loss to Stratford.
“Beating a team ranked in the state gives us a lot of confidence,” Summerville captain David Kennedy said. “It shows we can play with those teams which is good because we have another ranked team coming up in Bluffton. Now we need to make sure we practice the way we play. We need to work on the simple things and on playing smart.”
The game with Bluffton was played Tuesday after press time. On March 28, Summerville hosts Colleton County at the track field located behind Summerville High School.
Fort Dorchester hosts Stratford March 26 at Bagwell Stadium.