LEXINGTON — The third time wasn’t the charm for the Indian Land Warriors as they fell in the 2A state title game for the third straight year.
The Warriors lost 1-0 Saturday to the Academic Magnet Raptors, who beat them two years ago, in the same game.
“We played the entire game hard,” said Indian Land head coach Adam Cole. “We gave them a fight. That one goal was unlucky. It wasn’t as much as it was earned. We had some chances there in the end.”
Coming into the game, Academic Magnet’s keeper Brady Allardice had given up just eight goals in over 1,300 minutes played this season. He really wasn’t threatened until the end of the game, when Indian Land started playing with more of a sense of urgency knowing it needed to score just to tie.
The numbers finally got to Indian Land Academic Magnet rushed the box to score and junior Colton Frankel eventually knocked one in for the Raptorswith 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 started by controlling 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.
Indian Land was able to take the ball away from Academic Magnet often, but struggled to make anything happen offensively.
With about 20 minutes left in the game, the Raptors started playing keep away from Indian Land 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.
The Warriors had their looks as well and moved the ball down the field with ease, but was calculated with its passes.
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 as he had to come out and get the ball.
Academic Magnet started to control the pace after the Barton save, despite Indian Land get opportunities here and there to possess the ball, but the Warriors were never able to get a shot off. The Raptors consistently beat Indian Land to the ball on the breakaways stalling the drive for the Warriors.
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.
Academic Magnet 1, Indian Land 0
AM – Colton Frankel, 21:51
Shots on goal: Indian Land 2, Academic Magnet 10
Saves: Jake Barton (IL) 6, Brady Allardice (AM) 1
Corner kicks: Indian Land 1, Academic Magnet 3
Records: Indian Land 20-6-0, Academic Magnet 19-4-3.