IRMO -- Wando's furious rally in the second half fell short as Irmo held on for a 2-1 in the Class AAAA Lower State boys soccer championship Tuesday night at W.C. Hawkins Stadium.
Irmo (25-1) scored twice in the first half before Wando (25-4) cut the lead in half at the 66-minute mark. The Warriors' Brandon Burkholder got free on the left side and scooted a shot easily past Irmo goalkeeper Rob Sullivan.
The Warriors had a chance at an equalizer, but had a goal waved off at the 76-mark. It was ruled as obstruction of the goalkeeper, a call that went against Irmo earlier in the half.
"We had a call on their end that we thought was a goal and it was called back because they said we ran into their keeper," Irmo coach Phil Savitz said. "On our end, I think they called the same thing. So it was called the same on both ends, and that's all you can ask out of an official."
Irmo's Zack Acree scored the first goal six minutes in. He had a free kick near the end line just outside of the box on a low, twisting shot that bent its way past Wando goalkeeper Hunter Greer.
That was a goal that Wando coach Shilo Tisdale thought turned out to be a huge difference.
"We couldn't let them score in the first 10 or 15 minutes on their field with their crowd," Tisdale said. "We feel asleep on a set piece. It wasn't a great goal, we just feel asleep."
The Yellow Jackets' Connor Dunbaker made it 2-0 just before the 36-minute mark.