Academic Magnet coach Jason Hamil will take an ugly win over a beautiful loss anytime, especially during the playoffs.
Jack Kulze and Davis Michaelsen each scored two goals to lead Academic Magnet past St. John's, 5-0, in the second round of the Class A boys soccer playoffs at Ravenel Stadium on Thursday night.
The Raptors, the top seed in the Lower State, will on Saturday host Branchville, which defeated Blnow host Br host the winner of the game between Branchville and
Blackville-Hilda on penalty kicks.
The Raptors dominated the action from beginning to end, but Hamil saw plenty of room for improvement if the team hopes to advance to next weekend's Class A state final.
"At the end of the day I was pleased with the win," Hamil said. "That's really the only thing that matters in the playoffs. I just think we need to be a little crisper with our first touch. I didn't like our intensity level for parts of the game. But it's a win and we'll take it and move on to the next round."
The Raptors possessed the ball for large chunks of the game and allowed the Islanders just one shot on goal. The Raptors finished with a 24-1 edge in shots over the Islanders.
"We kept our shape pretty much the whole game and we've been solid in the back all season," Hamil said.
Kulze scored just 45 seconds into the game.
"It was a great start. Jack had a nice finish on the first goal. I just wish it hadn't taken so long to get that second goal," Hamil said.
Kulze gave the Raptors a 2-0 lead 12 minutes later, and Miles Bagwell scored in the 17th minute to push the Raptors' advantage to 3-0.
Michaelsen scored in the 21st minute to give the Raptors a 4-0 lead at halftime.
The Raptors had more than a dozen quality scoring chances in the second half. Michaelsen got the only goal in the second half in the 47th minute for the final margin of victory.
"We created a lot of chances in the second half, but we didn't finish them off," Hamil said. "That's something we're going to have to get better at as the playoffs go on."