Costa bidding for 4th ring

Bishop England’s Drew Costa played soccer and football at the school. He won two state football titles and one in soccer. He is now getting a chance to try out as Clemson's kicker. (File/Staff)

Drew Costa kicked 16 field goals as a football player and has 43 goals as a futbol player.

When you ask the Bishop England two-sport star what’s been the biggest score of his career, he sounds like a politician.

“That’s a tough question,” said Costa, who is seeking his fourth state championship ring when the Bishops play Indian Land at 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the Class AA soccer state title at Gilbert High School. “All of them have special meaning. But if I had to pick one, it probably was the 47-yard field goal against Timberland in my junior year. It was on our first possession of the game and we won, 10-0. It was the first time we beat them.”

Costa came to Bishop England as a soccer player, but broadened his athletic horizon after watching his older brother Brandon serve as the football team’s place-kicker.

“I had no intention of playing football, but my brother talked me into it,” said Costa, who is an all-state selection. “I’m glad I did. I’m pretty blessed to play soccer and pretty lucky when both the soccer and football programs reached the top. I am lucky to have come through Bishop England when I did.”

Costa has two state championship rings in football and another is soccer. He can pick up No. 4 if the Bishops can get past Indian Land.

Coach Ed Khouri said playing football helped Costa as a soccer player.

“Playing American football can help, as long as it is as a kicker,” the coach said. “We’ve had some players who were outstanding kickers. Remember Lawrence Smith? He was the all-time leading soccer scorer in Bishop England soccer history. He was a great kicker for the football team, too.”

The Bishops spent a lot of energy — and time — to reach the state championship. They beat No. 1 Academic Magnet in penalty kicks after 110 minutes of scoreless play.

“Academic Magnet is in the same city, and we’re big rivals,” Costa said. “We have to put that win behind us and focus on the next opponent. Indian Land has an excellent team.”

So do the Bishops. They are bidding for their 16th state soccer title, which would be most in state history. Bishop England and Irmo both have 15 titles. Irmo plays Lexington later in the day in the Class AAAA state championship.

Costa was a sophomore when the Bishops won the state title in 2010. Last year, Waccamaw shocked Bishop England in a Lower State semifinal. It marked Waccamaw’s first win against the Bishops in 16 years. And, it marked the first time in 16 years that the Bishops didn’t play in the state championship.

“Last year was difficult,” Costa said. “We had high expectations and then fell. It’s nice to get where we want to be.”