Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Green Wave boys’ soccer team was peaking at the right time, but so was its opponent.
Summerville opened this year’s Class AAAA playoffs with a 5-3 win over West Ashley Tuesday so the Green Wave had won six of its last seven games to win its region and advance to the second round.
But on Friday Summerville faced Lexington, a team that had won six of its last seven and was ranked No. 6 in the state.
After 110 minutes of play, Lexington won a PK shootout to edge past the Wave by a 2-1 margin. “We really fought today and played well,” Summerville coach Jason Rasner said. “Both teams missed opportunities. I don’t know if nerves got to us or maybe their experience, but we just couldn’t put it away. … A couple of their guys are as good as advertised but we hung in there with them so I’m proud of this team.”
Summerville ends the season with a 12-11-2 record while the Wildcats finished at 20-7-1 after falling to Wando in the third round Saturday.
Claiming a region championship for the first time in several years and the strong end to the season should be things Summerville can build upon.
“Confidence-wise things are better than ever,” Rasner said. “I’m looking forward to next year. We will lose five key seniors but I am looking for our junior class to really step up now that they have more experience.”
There were some near goals by both teams in the first half but the first point wasn’t scored until the final 10 minutes of the half. Lexington’s Bryson Tindal drilled a shot into the net for a 1-0 Wildcat advantage entering the half.
Summerville came out gunning in the second half and needed less than six minutes to tie things up. Senior David Kennedy had the honor, sending a hard-struck grounder into the net for a 1-1 score.
Both teams created multiple scoring opportunities the rest of the way, but that score held through regulation and four overtime periods.
Summerville keeper Davis Wiggins made some dynamic saves during the game, but in the shootout Lexington’s depth was too strong. “Davis was a position player who moved in goal during the season,” Rasner said. “He has been tremendous for us there and did a good job today.”
Walker Riley, Wyatt Knox and Kennedy made PKs for Summerville, but Lexington received PKs from Luigi Malpartida, Brett Smith, Perry Hammond, Alex Santoyo and Tindal for a 5-3 shootout advantage.