Tough ending for BHS boys soccer
For the Barnwell High boys soccer team, Saturday’s 3-1 third round playoff loss at Silver Bluff High was heartbreaking.
Tied at a goal apiece with four minutes to play, the game between the region rivals appeared to be headed for overtime.
Unfortunately for the Warhorses that would not be the case. With a little over two minutes remaining, the Bulldogs scored the go-ahead goal on a possession where the scoring player appeared to be offside.
Barnwell High coach David Anastasia said that late goal was crucial to the outcome of the game.
“The scoring shot came on the other side of the field so I really couldn’t see it clearly. Some of our fans and players thought their player was offside on the play,” Anastasia said. “To have just played a game last night, I thought our players performed really well. We fought hard, but we just didn’t have the legs at the end.”
A Warhorse defensive unit that fueled a win over North Charleston High in the second round of the playoff continued its outstanding play in Petticoat Junction.
The Bulldogs team, which scored seven goals in the teams first two meetings, were held off the scoreboard by a Warhorse unit led by Shane Poplin, Ryan Harper, Dylan Walker, Mason Cone, Dylan Bowen and keeper Jordan Martin. Martin was solid between the post with four saves in the first half.
Offensively, Devin Mack put BHS ahead 1-0 in the first half when he netted a goal off an assist from Conner Hess.
“Right now, this loss is a hard pill to swallow, but it dosen’t take away from the great season we had. I’m really proud of this group for their accomplishments this season.”
“We gave it everything we had today. We just ran out of gas after a tough game last night.” said Anastasia.
On Friday night in the second round of the playoffs, the Warhorses came from behind to post a 2-1 overtime win over North Charleston High.
Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the Warhorses circled the wagons in the final two minutes of regulation behind the play of Conner Hess.
The senior came up big in the “clutch”, scoring the tying goal off an assist from Trent Baxley to send the game into overtime.
In the extra session, it was another senior who stepped up offensively. This time, Jahir Hernandez provided the game winner off an assist from Dee Reed.
“We’re losing some quality seniors. They’ve meant a lot to our program over the years,” Anastasia said.
For Barnwell High post-season honors, Jahir Hernandez, Trent Baxley and Conner Hess were all selected Class 2A All-State.