It took a little longer than anticipated and caused a few anxious moments for Jeeps fans, but in the end, South Webster beat Albany Alexander 2-1 to advance to the district finals.
Trailing 1-0 in the second half, Sam Holstein finally lit the lamp for the Jeeps after receiving the pass from Alek Blevins in the 55th minute. Exactly five minutes later, Holstein notched the game-winning goal after being set up by Shane Zimmerman.
“I can still hear the roar coming from the bench behind me and I noticed the sideline official turned to look at us as it happened,” Jeeps coach Corey Claxon said. “It was a great moment for the entire team.”
South Webster (17-0-1) attempted to get off to a fast start and with wind being a factor, the Jeeps chose to take the wind in the first half. However, after several close chances, the game was scoreless at half.
“We wanted to get up on them early, but we had many close attempts that we couldn’t finish,” Claxon said. “We should have been up going into the half, but it remained 0-0 in spite of our good play.”
The Jeeps fought the wind and the Spartans in the second half, but prevailed to advance in the tournament.
South Webster will have an opportunity to claim a district championship when the Jeeps travel back to Athens High School Saturday to play Lynchburg-Clay. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.
Both teams come out of their respective brackets ranked No. 1. Lynchburg-Clay beat No. 2 Northwest to advance to the district finals.
Albany Alexander Spartans 0 1 — 1
South Webster Jeeps 0 2 — 2
Second half: A — Norris (unassisted), 45:00; SW — Holstein (Blevins), 55:00; SW — Holstein (Zimmerman), 60:00.
Saves: Athens, Tribe 5; SW, Coriell, (SW) 4.
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