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The King Academy ends Beaufort Academy’s reign with 4-2 victory to capture SCISA Class A boy’s championship

Charleston – After losing to the Beaufort Academy Eagles 3-2 in last season’s SCISA Class A state championship game The King Academy Lions had one goal this season to get back to the championship game and bring home the championship trophy.

Friday night at Porter-Gaud they finished off that goal with a 4-2 win over Beaufort Academy to claim the 2019 SCISA Class A boys’ soccer championship.

“This has been the team’s mind, the fans minds and my mind since last year so I am super proud of them for staying focused on what we want to accomplish,” said TKA head coach Jordan Perugini. “We don’t stop focus until we win so you have to stay focused until the final whistle.”

The win by The King Academy (18-4) snapped Beaufort Academy’s (15-2) five year strangled on the championship hardware in class A.

“We had our chances in the match, but we didn’t finish. We fought hard all night, but they were the better team tonight. Our previous five championships were all close and we managed to win. You never like lose but it happens, and just have to come back stronger,” said Beaufort Academy head coach Bill Dalton.

The match began a lot like last year’s championship match when TKA jumped out to a 2-0 lead after Cesar Gomez scored his first goal one minute and forty-six seconds into the match (38:14). He added his second at the 13:12 mark on a penalty kick in which he drilled into the lower left corner of the goal.

Two minutes later the Eagles would put into the back of the net when Joe Stowe scored from inside the box and the lead was cut in half at 2-1 Lions.

The Eagles had two brilliant chances to tie the match before the end of the half but the Lions goalkeeper Jackson Moya- Mendez made a diving save on one shot and forced a bad angle on another when he came out of the goal to challenge the shot.

The second half went back and forth with each team getting chances but Moya-Mendez and Eagles Keeper David Mathai keeping the ball out of the net.

Then perhaps the biggest play of the match occurred when Moya- Mendez stopped the Eagles Ben Trask’s penalty kick at the 22:47 mark of the second half keeping the score 2-1 Lions.

“I thought their keeper played an excellent game. The stop on the penalty kick was a game changer,” said Eagle ‘s coach Dalton.

Then at the 16:50 mark the Lion’s David Russell would score the game winning goal on a penalty kick to make the score 3-1 The Kings Academy.

The Eagles would come right back to make it 3-2 when Thomas Halladay got one past Moya-Mendez with 14 minutes to go in the match.

The Lions would put the game away with 7 minutes to go when Gomez found Trace Tucker in the box with a beautiful pass and Tucker did the rest to make in 4-2 Lions and that is how it finished.

“I’m very proud of them. We didn’t like the feeling last year and knew to win it we would have to beat a great team. Our guys were resilient all year and it showed today,” said Lions coach Perugini.

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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