Summit soccer brings home school's first district title
By Austin Stanley, For the Williamson Herald
The Summit Spartans outlasted the Page Patriots in the marathon District 11 A/AA soccer championship game 4-3 Thursday night.
The winning goal was knocked in by Will Bailey with 4:23 left in the ﬁnal overtime period to avoid going to a shootout. Bailey’s game winner came in his ﬁrst game as a Spartan after a long wait all season long.
“Will, he’s a player that went to Brentwood (High) last year and was ineligible,” Summit head coach Kris Schneider said. “Tonight was his ﬁrst game that he was actually able to play and he scored two of our goals.”
Summit’s other two goals were scored by Bret Thomas with 33 minutes left in the second half and then by Austin Gwinn with 1:34 remaining in regulation. Gwinn’s goal came on a penalty kick after Thomas was taken down inside the box on a scoring chance. Being Summit’s leading goal scorer, Gwinn knew how to ﬁnish it.
“Austin, he’s consistent and he is going to put the ball in the net,” Schneider said. “There was a foul and we put him up there and he did what he was supposed to do.”
Gwinn’s goal put the Spartan’s up 3-2 with 1:34 left in what they thought was a game clincher. But Page struck back quickly when Patriot forward Mason Foley beat goalie Cody Thornton on a break away with 48 seconds left to force overtime.
TSSAA overtime rules call for two 10-minute halves. If still tied, then two five-minute halves are played at sudden death followed by a shootout. Bailey’s game winner came within the ﬁrst minute of the last sudden death period.
“Page played a great, great game,” Schneider said. “We came out tonight saying that ‘we wanted this.’ We were in the district championship last year and we lost it. We told them (tonight) every ball they had to ﬁght for. Both teams did a great job. That last goal was amazing.”
This marks Summit’s ﬁrst ever district championship in any sport. Both Summit and Page advance on to the regional tournament that begins next week. Both teams play Tuesday and Summit will host either Giles County or Fairview.
Posted on: 5/9/2013