The Academic Magnet boys soccer team won a thriller over Bishop England on Thursday night. The teams played to a 2-2 draw, but the Raptors opened the season with a victory, outscoring the Bishops, 7-6, on penalty kicks.
The match ran long, so Raptors coach Jason Hamil kept his postgame talk to his players brief.
“Two things,” Hamil said. “No. 1, don’t ever do this to me again. No. 2, this is my first win at Bishop England, so this was special.”
The Raptors boys and girls, both ranked No. 1 in the state coaches’ poll, played rival Bishop England and both versions of the Raptors came away with victories.
The Raptors boys, who won their first state title last spring, defeated 15-time state champion Bishop England on PKs. The Raptors girls defeated the Bishops for the eighth straight time, this time by a 3-2 margin
The penalty-kick shootout started out in the Bishops’ favor as Drew Costa opened it with a goal. But 21 kicks later, the Raptors had the win when Buckley McCall got a shot past Ross Rogers.
“We’re getting there,” Hamil said when asked if his program has surpassed the Bishops. “We broke the ice last year and now we’re trying to get to that level. We played them tough last year, and tonight was a great match.”
The Raptors hadn’t played a match in nearly three weeks because of bad weather.
“It’s about managing your time and making sure the kids get enough practice,” Hamil said.
“You worry about keeping sharp and that long layoff. When you keep practicing and practicing against your teammates, it gets frustrating. After all, they are teenagers.”
The Raptors girls fell behind, 1-0, to the Bishops, but rallied for their fifth win in six matches. Kallie Peurifoy, The Post and Courier’s player of the year last spring, scored two goals to lead the rally. Jesse Dolley scored the other goal.