Congratulations to Powdersville Varsity Girls Soccer on finishing their season as runners-up in Class AAA. Defending state champion Bishop England won the final 4-1 at Irmo High School on Saturday, May 11, 2019. An enthusiastic crowd of Patriot fans made the trip to Columbia, and Lady Patriots played with heart for Powdersville’s historic first bid for a state soccer title.
Bishop England came out shooting and Lady Patriots’ senior stopper Angelika Ortiz turned the ball away time after time. Bishop England scored in the eleventh minute and added a second goal off a penalty kick with 11:30 remaining in the half.
Lady Bishops picked up a third goal six minutes into the second half and attempted another penalty kick with 17:11 remaining. Senior keeper Jeanette Campbell denied the PK and made her eighth save of the game when the deflected ball came back at her again. The Lady Bishops hit the net one more time five minutes later. With 12:04 remaining, senior Bry Thobe nailed a penalty kick to score Powdersville’s first goal in a state final. Campbell added more saves, and Lady Patriots continued to give it their all until the last whistle, with deep kicks out of the backfield by senior Isabella Campbell and junior Jeydi Peleaz.
Powdersville finished the season with an Upperstate Championship, a Region Championship, an 18-1 overall record, an 8-0 region record, wins over AAAA schools including Easley, Greer, and Wren, an exciting playoff run, and fond memories among a cohesive group that obviously enjoyed playing together.
“This has been an incredible season,” commented Coach Colin Melton. “I am extremely proud of these girls and all the things they accomplished. They began the season with only about a week to practice as a full team before their first game, and they all clicked with a common goal — to get to state. These girls accomplished that and made history for Powdersville High School. They are the first varsity team to go undefeated in the regular season and first soccer team to win Upper State and play for the state championship. They all played their hearts out in an amazing last game. To have their one loss of the season be the state championship game, I’d still say that’s an incredible season. I am going to miss our seniors who are graduating, but this is just the beginning for them, and I can’t wait see what else they accomplish. I am also looking forward to getting to coach an incredible group of girls next season.”
Congratulations, Lady Patriots on all you achieved! We are so proud of you!! #MakingHistoryEverySeason! #Go Patriots!!
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