After a no-score first half, the South Walton High Seahawks kicked it in gear to pull off a 2-0 win over the Rutherford Rams Tuesday night in the District 1-2A High School Boys Soccer Tournament, hosted by the Seahawks.
What won it for the Seahawks?
“Hard work and dedication … these boys did everything we asked them to do,” said South Walton Coach Christine Carnero. “They come every day to practice and they work hard. They played as one team together.”
With the win the Seahawks advanced to play Pensacola Catholic in the championship game on Thursday. Results were not available at press time.
With temperatures in the low 40s in Santa Rosa Beach Tuesday night, both teams battled in the first half taking shots at goal but missing.
In the second half, the Seahawks didn’t waste any time. They scored in the first two minutes of play. With an assist from freshman Marshall McCraney, sophomore Adrian Legaspi kicked one in from about 10-yards out.
About 15 minutes later, Rutherford was charged with a penalty and the Seahawks lined up for a penalty kick. Legaspi’s kick hit right in the middle of the cross bar for a no score.
With about 18 minutes left to play, the Rams were hit with another penalty and the Seahawks lined it up once again. Tanner Kotowske and Legaspi lined up behind the ball, Kotowske faked the kick and Legaspi nailed it to the back left corner of the net past the Rams defense for a 2-0 game.
“They came out fired up,” Carnero said. “They finished it tonight.”