by RANDY SMITH
For the first time ever, a pair of high school national soccer champions were crowned on Saturday at the Roscow Davies Field.
The Saint Augustine’s College Big Red Machine senior girls scored a 1-0 overtime victory over the Lucayan International School (LIS) out of Freeport, Grand Bahama, while the Queens College senior boys avenged their Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) championship loss, knocking off the St. Andrews Hurricanes 2-1.
SAC 1, LIS 0
Eden Cox delivered the game-winning goal in the 77th minute to seal the deal for the Big Red Machine.
SAC head coach Daria Adderley said that her girls left it all on the field and that she’s proud of the way they represented Saint Augustine’s on the big stage.
“Ecstatic, that’s the only word I can use to describe this feeling,” she said. “Eden is a clutch player, she’s been great all tournament, and I had confidence in her and the rest of the team to pull it off. LIS played a great game, but I’m glad we could pull it off.”
QC 2, St. Andrews 1
The Comets scored two goals in the first half (Jaime Thompson, Tadiwa Mushonga) and appeared to have the Hurricanes reeling. They controlled the ball for most of the period and protected the net from several Hurricane tries.
At the beginning of the first half the Hurricanes got on the boards with their first goal, and although they had a few other good attempts at the net, the Comets managed to hold on and pull off the win.
“This one really feels sweet,” said QC head coach Phil Haven. “Looking at the guys faces at the end of the game, I know this is a remarkable feeling for them as well. It’s the last time most of them will probably play together and to see their emotion it’s just fantastic.
“We got two opportunities that we were able to put away, they were able to respond, but we showed heart and were able to pull it off.”