BHS boys soccer team wins overtime thriller
The Barnwell High boys varsity soccer team scored a thrilling 2-1 double overtime win over Woodland High Thursday, March 30 in Barnwell.
Tied at 1-1 after the first overtime period, the game appeared to be headed for a shootout with less than two minutes to play.
Trent Baxley, however, came through during crunch time for the Warhorses, scoring off a direct kick for the win.
With the victory, Barnwell High improves to 7-3 overall.
Barnwell High coach David Anatasia said the team struggled at times but found a way to win.
“Offensively, we didn’t play our best game today, but we executed in overtime when the game was on the line,” Anastasia said. “This is a resilient group. We battled though adversity all year. We showed it again today.”
Unfortnately for Anastasia, the match didn’t get off to a good start for his team.
Midway through the first half, the Warhorses found themselves trailing 1-0 after Woodland High’s Cody Prentice scored a goal off an assist from Brandon Torris.
“We certainly didn’t match their intensity at the start of the game. After making a few adjustments at halftime, I thought we played with more energy in the second half. We had better ball movement and we attacked the net more,” Anastasia said.
Down 1-0, the Warhorses evened the score three minutes into the second half off a goal by Trent Baxley.
For the Warhorses, defense took over from there. After giving up a goal in the first half, keeper Jordan Martin was strong the rest of the way.
Behind a backline that included Ryan Harper, Mason Cone, Dylan Walker and Shane Poplin, Martin held the Wolverines scoreless on their final eight attempts on goal. Martin finished with four saves.
On March 2 in other action, the Warhorses made quick work of Batesburg-Leesville High by a score of 6-0.
The Warhorses used a balanced attack to cage the Panthers. For the team, six different players found the net with Jahir Hernandez, Devan Back, Mason Cone, Trent Baxley, Conner Hess and Dee Reed all scoring.
The Warhorse defense also performed admirably in the shutout. The unit was highlighted by plays of Mason Cone, Ryan Harper, Dylan Walker, Shane Poplin, Dee Rhodes and keeper Jordan Martin.
“We’ve been doing a really good job over the past couple of weeks of finishing games,” Anastasia said.