Sumrall’s playoff run ends in 2-1 OT loss

By ANDREW ABADIE,

SUMRALL – After finishing regulation time scoreless, Sumrall's soccer team jumped ahead in overtime with a 1-0 lead. 

 

In spite of keeping Vancleave scoreless, the Bulldogs answered quickly and came away with a 2-1 win that ended the Lady Bobcats' playoff run and celebration. 

 

"Our one legitimate opportunity and you thought we struck lightning there in the bottle," Sumrall head coach Todd Siders said. "We worked on playing the flanks over and over in practice this week. For some reason, we didn't do it until overtime and we get a goal out of it from Caragan [Childs]. For a second, you thought it was good and then it was mass chaos. I don't I did a good enough job of preparing us if we got up that late of what we would do. I think a little bit of confusion there cost us."

 

In regulation, Sumrall had very few opportunities to get shots off against Vancleave as the Bulldogs outshot the Lady Bobcats 9-2 by the end of the game. 

 

"[Mainly playing defense] really wasn't our game plan," Siders said. "I thought we came out a little timid and we kind of settled into a game like that. They challenged us to possess the ball. In spurts, we did really well and in some spurts, we didn't. It cost us there in the end. They played well. It's hard to play for 100 minutes at this level." 

 

Sumrall's defensive play was highlighted by goalkeeper Shaylee Ingram, who came away with eight saves in the game, as she managed to stop Vancleave's leading scorer on a penalty kick. 

 

"I expected to go down 1-0," Siders said. We have a first-year keeper that's only played for four months and had one of the best players in the state taking it. It was a great reaction save."

 

In overtime, Sumrall got on the board with a goal from Childs. However, the Bulldogs forced a pair of one-on-one matchups against Ingram and scored just before the end of the first half overtime and again in the 17th minute of overtime. 

 

"Shaylee touched a soccer ball for the first time in August," Siders said. "She was dynamite and made some incredible saves. She had incredible positioning tonight. She has shown inexperience throughout the year at times, but she showed that she can be one of the better keepers in this state tonight.

 

For Siders, the season was a key in helping build the program upwards, which he gave credit to his senior class. Sumrall ends the season with an 18-3-4 record and a perfect 6-0 record in district play while the second-round loss is the best finish in the program's five-year history. 

 

 

"You have a bunch of girls who have played soccer for two or three years," Siders said. "You have got seventh and eighth graders playing and of course you have a good senior class. You have talented players with Caragan Childs and [Keagan Pierce], but our youth showed a little tonight." 

 

"It was a spectacular season. The toughest schedule we've played and we rose to the occasion."

 

 

 

 

SUMRALL – After finishing regulation time scoreless, Sumrall's soccer team jumped ahead in overtime with a 1-0 lead.

In spite of keeping Vancleave scoreless, the Bulldogs answered quickly and came away with a 2-1 win that ended the Lady Bobcats' playoff run and celebration.

"Our one legitimate opportunity and you thought we struck lightning there in the bottle," Sumrall head coach Todd Siders said. "We worked on playing the flanks over and over in practice this week. For some reason, we didn't do it until overtime and we get a goal out of it from Caragan [Childs]. For a second, you thought it was good and then it was mass chaos. I don't I did a good enough job of preparing us if we got up that late of what we would do. I think a little bit of confusion there cost us."

In regulation, Sumrall had very few opportunities to get shots off against Vancleave as the Bulldogs outshot the Lady Bobcats 9-2 by the end of the game.

"[Mainly playing defense] really wasn't our game plan," Siders said. "I thought we came out a little timid and we kind of settled into a game like that. They challenged us to possess the ball. In spurts, we did really well and in some spurts, we didn't. It cost us there in the end. They played well. It's hard to play for 100 minutes at this level."

Sumrall's defensive play was highlighted by goalkeeper Shaylee Ingram, who came away with eight saves in the game, as she managed to stop Vancleave's leading scorer on a penalty kick.

"I expected to go down 1-0," Siders said. We have a first-year keeper that's only played for four months and had one of the best players in the state taking it. It was a great reaction save."

In overtime, Sumrall got on the board with a goal from Childs. However, the Bulldogs forced a pair of one-on-one matchups against Ingram and scored just before the end of the first half overtime and again in the 17th minute of overtime.

"Shaylee touched a soccer ball for the first time in August," Siders said. "She was dynamite and made some incredible saves. She had incredible positioning tonight. She has shown inexperience throughout the year at times, but she showed that she can be one of the better keepers in this state tonight.

For Siders, the season was a key in helping build the program upwards, which he gave credit to his senior class. Sumrall ends the season with an 18-3-4 record and a perfect 6-0 record in district play while the second-round loss is the best finish in the program's five-year history.

"You have a bunch of girls who have played soccer for two or three years," Siders said. "You have got seventh and eighth graders playing and of course you have a good senior class. You have talented players with Caragan Childs and [Keagan Pierce], but our youth showed a little tonight."

"It was a spectacular season. The toughest schedule we've played and we rose to the occasion."