Lexington edges Green Wave on PKs

Lexington's Evan Mills and Summerville's Ryan Brislin battle for the ball during Friday's Class AAAA boys soccer playoff game. Lexington won, 2-1, on penalty kicks.

SUMMERVILLE -- Despite being a region champion this season, Summerville was not given much of a chance of knocking off traditional AAAA Lower State power Lexington in Friday night's second-round AAAA boys soccer matchup.

Summerville gave the Wildcats all they could handle, and then some, as the two teams played 110 minutes before settling the score on penalty kicks.

In the end, Lexington outscored the Green Wave, 5-3, to capture a 2-1 win.

Summerville's season ended with a 12-11 record, while Lexington (19-6) advances to play the state's top-ranked team, Wando, on Saturday night.

Summerville coach Jason Rasner felt his team was the underdog but praised his team for its effort in the physically demanding defeat.

"We hung in there and worked hard the whole time," said Rasner. "We stayed focused and played well to the end. We had some chances. We had our opportunities, both teams did. We had a few great shots and missed them. I don't know if nerves got to us or maybe the experience factor, but we just couldn't put them away."

Lexington took a 1-0 lead in the 31st minute on Bryson Tindal's 26th goal of the season. Summerville had two great looks at open goals in the first half but missed the chances.

The Green Wave tied the game in the 47th minute on David Kennedy's blast from 18 yards out, and the two teams traded chances to win but each missed several solid scoring opportunities.

After battling through two 10-minute overtime periods, followed by two five-minute sudden death periods, the game went to the penalty kick phase.

Lexington's Luigi Malpartida and Summerville's Riley Walker traded scores. Brett Smith and Kennedy each scored on their kicks, tying the score at two. Lexington's PJ Hammond and Summerville's Wyatt Knox each converted, and Tindal gave Lexington a 4-3 edge.

Summerville's Ryan West's attempt sailed over the crossbar and Lexington sealed the victory with a goal from Alex Santoyo.

In defeat, Rasner praised the play of his keeper, senior Davis Wiggins, who moved from the field into goal during the season.

"He has been tremendous for us and was good today," said the coach. "It was his senior year, and he sacrificed and moved in goal because he's a team guy.

"We won the region for the first time in 10 years, and they were really looking forward to these playoff games. We stayed focused and played well at the end."

Rasner says winning the first region title in 10 years and experiencing two playoff games will mean a lot when preparing for the 2015 season.

"Confidence-wise, for next season, it will be at a level it's never been," he said. "I am looking forward to next year already. We lose five really key seniors, but I am looking for our junior class to really step up. The experience of these playoffs will certainly be a help to us.

"It's disappointing to lose, but getting here and taking Lexington to penalty kicks, I'm very proud of them."