Patriots win PK shootout with Swamp Foxes

  • Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Mathew Hardin boots the ball upfield for the Patriots.

The Fort Dorchester boys’ soccer team earned a 1-0 win over Ashley Ridge to keep things interesting in Region 8-AAAA.

The Patriots won a PK shootout with the Swamp Foxes Thursday to hand Ashley Ridge its second region loss of the season. Kellan O’Hara, Mathew Hardin, Andrew Veloso, and Dylan Norris made shots in the shootout, which was decided by the sixth shooters.

Fort Dorchester coach Chris Jones says the goalkeepers for both teams deserve a lot of credit for a highly competitive game.

“Jake Fladd got the first half shutout for us and Josh Smith got the second half and overtime shutout,” Jones said. “It was also a great job by AR goalkeeper Stockton Blanchard, who had the shutout as well, including two saves in the shootout.”

Smith also made two saves during the PK shootout.

The Patriot win left four teams (Ashley Ridge, Bluffton, Fort Dorchester and Summerville) with two losses in the region with only two weeks remaining in the regular season.

“I am extremely proud of my young men, who gave their maximum effort against Fort Dorchester,” Ashley Ridge coach Nate Harris said. “We have a very hard road left to get into the playoffs, but I know my players will give their all down the stretch run and that is a great feeling.”

Fort Dorchester improved to 12-4-1 on the season with a 5-2 mark in the region, which ties them with Bluffton (13-4, 5-2) for first place in the region. Ashley Ridge (13-4-1, 4-2) and Summerville (8-9-2, 4-2) entered this week tied for the region’s No. 2 spot.

Key games remaining include a meeting between Ashley Ridge and Summerville May 2, a contest between Fort Dorchester and Bluffton May 2 and a game between Fort Dorchester and Summerville May 6.

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