LEXINGTON, S.C. The third time wasn’t the charm for the Indian Land Warriors on Saturday as they fell in the 2A state title game for the third straight year.
The Warriors lost 1-0 to the Academic Magnet Raptors, who beat them two years ago in the title game.
“We played the entire game hard,” said Indian Land coach Adam Cole. “We gave them a fight. That one goal was unlucky. It wasn’t so much as it was earned. We had some chances there in the end.”
Coming into the game, Raptors keeper Brady Allardice had given up just eight goals in more than 1,300 minutes this season. He wasn’t threatened until the end of the game, when Indian Land was despirate to score and started playing with a sense of urgency.
The numbers finally got to the Warriors as the Raptors rushed the box offensively and junior Colton Frankel knocked it in for the Raptors just over 20 minutes left in the first half.
“Our keeper (Jake Barton) made some great saves,” Cole said. “We got mixed up in the wash there and they were in the right spot.”
The start of the second half was much like the first as Academic Magnet controlled the ball and time of possession.
Academic Magnet was easily able to get inside of Indian Land’s defense, but it was the Warriors back line that helped keep the Raptors at bay.
The Warriors were able to steal the ball from the Raptors often, but struggled offensively.
With about 20 minutes left in the game, the Raptors started to milk the clock.
In the first half, both teams had shots early on at the goal, but the focus was there for both keepers. Academic Magnet controlled things early, but Indian Land defensively stacked the box as the Raptors tried working the left side of the field for a clear shot.
About eight minutes into the game, Barton made a key save on a deflected pass that could have easily gotten Academic Magnet on the board.
Indian Land had its best opportunity to score with about 10 minutes left in the first half as sophomore Roscoe Lovejoy had a clear shot, but was called off sides.
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