Bishops defeat Academic Magnet to win Lower State soccer championship
Bishop England and Academic Magnet played to a nil-nil draw after 80 minutes of regulation, two 10-minute overtimes and another two five-minute sudden death overtimes.
All that was at stake was the Class AA Lower State championship and bragging rights for the next year, and it came down to penalty kicks.
The Bishops outscored the Raptors 3-1 in PKs as keeper Ross Rogers came up with two big saves while another Raptor shot sailed above the crossbar. The Bishops were a little more precise as Drew Costa, Nick Saunders and Joel Bunting scored on penalty kicks to give the Bishops their first win in three tries against Magnet this spring.
Academic Magnet coach Jason Hamil could only shake his head as his team was denied the chance to defend its state championship. The Bishops lived another day to play in Saturday’s big game at Gilbert High School. They will play the winner of the Indian Land vs. Ninety Six game at 1:30 p.m.
Hamil, like most coaches, isn’t in favor of deciding games by penalty kicks.
“You have to decide it sooner or later, and I don’t know how long that game would have lasted. We could have gone from one overtime to another overtime to another overtime. Who knows how it would have gone?”
And who knows who would have won?
Academic Magnet had a chance for a goal near the 100th minute when a Raptor beat Ross. But his shot bounced off the post. Bishop England had three rapid-fire shots from inside 5 yards in the 102nd minute, but the shots were either blocked by Raptor keeper Brady Allardice or bounced off the post.