Knights come up short in sectional championship match

News-DemocratNovember 2, 2013 

— Opportunity knocked for both teams, but the Chatham Glenwood Titans were able to answer it one more time than the Triad Knights.

Senior Stone Casad scored on a header with 13:28 left to play in the second half as the Titans edged the Knights 2-1 on Friday in the championship match of the Class 2A Triad Soccer Sectional.

"I just saw the opportunity in front of me and put it in the back of the net,'' Casad said.

It looked like the game might be headed to overtime until senior Vidur Raghuraman found Casad with a centering pass.

"They got one chance, the kid hit it in the right spot,'' Triad coach Jim Johnson said. "In these kind of games, that's what it takes. They capitalized on two of their chances and we only got one.

"That's how it goes in playoff soccer. You have to finish your chances, and we didn't finish our chances.''

The Knights had 13 shots on goal.

"We had three or four point-blank shots,'' Jackson said. "We hit the side of the net twice and the goalie tipped a couple over the top. It wasn't because a lack of effort. The kids gave their all.''

The Knights ended their first season under Jackson, who replaced longtime coach Mike Villa, at 19-6-1.

"Playing for the sectional championship and being one of the last 16 teams alive in 2A soccer, we've had a great year,'' Jackson said. "Hardly any problems at all. The kids have done everything we've asked. Matt (Bettlach) and Kevin (King) have been awesome as my assistant coaches. I think we've jelled well.

"I think Coach Villa would be proud of how we've continued the tradition of Triad soccer.''

The Titans (17-3-1) advance to play the winner of the Urbana Sectional, either Rochester or Urbana, at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Chatham Glenwood Super-Sectional.

"We feel fortunate to be playing in the super-sectional on our home field,'' Chatham Glenwood coach Jay Lipe said. "I thought the second half we couldn't get any kind of rhythm. No. 5 (Dan Hilling), whether it was with his goal kicks or his clearance, he could just drive the ball so far down the field. We were struggling, and to their credit. After they got that tying goal, we finally started to win some balls and put a few passes together.

"One of our seniors, Stone Casad, put that headball away. It was a great shot.''

Isaac Albrecht scored off a header with 18:20 left in the first half to give the Titans a 1-0 lead.

The Knights tied the score at 1-1 when senior Andrew Ducharme beat Chatham Glenwood goalie Zach Mizera with 26:11 left in the second half.

Senior Trent Kendrick got the assist on the goal.

The Knights finished the game short-handed after having two players pick up red cards with less than two minutes left.

"That's young men letting their emotions get the best of them,'' Jackson said. "What do you say? You feel sorry for the kids. Those things happen sometimes. It's unfortunate. It's the spur of the moment, the emotion of the game.''

Kendrick still got loose on a breakaway, but the Titan's Nick Bolin kicked away Kendrick's shot from about 25 yards out with less than a minute on the clock.

Triad freshman goalie John McGee had 15 saves in the game.

Contact reporter Steve Korte at skorte@bnd.com or 239-2522.

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