The Green Wave boys’ soccer team won a penalty-kick shootout with Fort Dorchester Tuesday to claim a piece of the Region 8-AAAA championship.
It is another one of those years the boys’ soccer teams in the area have grown accustomed to with playoff seeding riding on the final game of the season and teams rising or dropping several spots in the standings due to the outcome of the final night of region play. Summerville, Fort Dorchester, Ashley Ridge and Bluffton entered the final night tied for first place in the region. Thanks to its 3-2 win over the Patriots, when the dust settled Tuesday Summerville had become the co-region champ along with Ashley Ridge and Bluffton and the Green Wave had secured the No. 1 playoff seed based on tiebreaker criteria. The Patriots dropped all the way down to fourth place in the region, but did still make the playoffs.
“We had a four-game win streak in the region and then we lost to Ashley Ridge so we knew we had to come out and play hard tonight,” Summerville co-captain Madison Socha said. “We were driven tonight and just pushed it. We are connecting passes very well and we are starting to finish opportunities. I’m stoked.”
The defenses set the tone in the first half and the first score didn’t come until the final two minutes of the half. Senior Ryan West entered the box to field a pass and the ball took a high bounce. West managed to reach out and head the ball into the goal for a 1-0 score at halftime.
Approximately seven minutes into the second half, the Patriots took advantage of a similar play. A pass was sent toward the Summerville goal and then took a high bounce. Fort Dorchester’s Jack Stasek moved into position and kicked the ball into the net on its way down to tie the game.
Less than a minute later, Gonzalo Millan sent a booming kick over the head of Summerville keeper Davis Wiggins to give the Patriots a 2-1 lead. Each team created several scoring opportunities later in the half, but another goal wasn’t scored until after the 10-minute mark.
Summerville midfielder Wyatt Knox took a hard shot that deflected off the crossbar of the Patriot goal. Junior Chris Miller was there to get the rebound and after moving the ball a couple of steps he took a shot that landed for a 2-2 tie at the end of regulation.
After two overtime periods without a goal, the game was settled by a PK shootout.
David Kennedy, Adam Curry, Miller and West all hit a PK for Summerville while Jacob Fladd and Mathew Hardin were the only Patriots to hit their PK. Both Wiggins and Fort Dorchester keeper Joshua Smith made one save during the shootout but one of the Fort’s shots was high.
The victory should give Summerville some momentum entering the playoffs.
“They came on strong after spring break,” Summerville coach Jason Rasner said. “They really jelled together and started playing together as a team. It took us a while to build some chemistry this year but we did and now they have started bumping the ball around and playing for each other.”
Summerville opens the playoffs May 13 by hosting West Ashley.
As the No. 2 seed for Region 8-AAAA, Ashley Ridge will host Spring Valley in the opening round. Fort Dorchester will travel to Wando, the No. 1 seed from Region 7-AAAA. Bluffton will travel to the No. 2 seed from that region.