PDT Sports Writer
JACKSON — For the second time in three years, South Webster could not use a late flurry of pressure to keep its season alive beyond the districts.
Colton Jordan’s 12th goal of the season with 28:47 left in the match propelled Coshocton to a 1-0 win over the Jeeps in a Division III Southeast District boys soccer championship at Jackson High School. But what drew the major headlines from this match was the ejection of South Webster coach Corey Claxon with 4:46 remaining.
“I didn’t know it (could happen),” Claxon said. “I learned the hard way on that one.”
After a scoreless first half took place, the Redskins scoring opportunity came off a direct kick. Once Alex McPeak put the ball back into play, Jordan was able to bury the ball past Jeeps keeper Lance Swords for the game-winner.
“Lance came out for it and just got caught in-between,” Claxon said.
With five minutes remaining, Derek Rowe set up for a direct kick. Just as he was about to boot the ball towards the cage, Ian Hartley charged towards Rowe and tried to redirect the ball.
Rowe’s kick bounced around the penalty box and found its way in the back of the net. But by that time, the officials had blown play dead and issued Hartley a yellow card.
“He made the right call but he didn’t have to call it right away,” Claxon said. “Let it play out and then card the kid, there’s nothing wrong with that and that was the point I was trying to make.”
The stoppage step Claxon off, who ran onto the field. He was issued a red card and was ejected for coming onto the playing surface. Claxon will have to sit out the first two contests next season just as if he were a player.
Despite the end result, Claxon felt the match was evenly-matched.
“Both teams fought hard and unfortunately they made one of their chances they had and we had several that just couldn’t get put in,” Claxon said.
In his final contest, Swords stopped seven shots on the night. He along with Rowe, Kyle Fuller, Nick Norman, Andrew Salisbury and Seth Goddard will be a group of seniors Claxon will miss.
Cody Leist can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 242, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coshocton 0 1 — 1
South Webster 0 0 — 0
Second Half: Coshocton—Colton Jordan (Alex McPeak).
SAVES: Coshocton—Marc Smith (3); South Webster—Lance Swords (7).
RECORDS: Coshocton 12-4-3 ; South Webster 14-3-2.