AIKEN — Fist pumps and dejection, cards and questions.
Just another Aiken-South Aiken boys soccer game.
The Thoroughbreds rallied for a wild 2-1 win Friday night at Aiken that featured a controversial game-winning goal.
Evan Lenio recorded the game-winner in the waning minutes on a throw in. The ball went in the net and Lenio got credit for thegoal. However, the Hornets questioned whether anyone touched it, as a throw in that goes in the net without another touch negates the score.
Aiken coach Roger Carpenter argued his point and was eventually shown a red card, which went along with a few yellow cards to players elsewhere in the game.
Earlier, after a scoreless opening half, both goalkeepers – South Aiken’s Michael Ulmer and Aiken’s Will Victor – were in command.
Near the end, however, the Hornets did get a chance to tie but missed.
The hectic conclusion came after the Hornets’ Lucas McLeod headed home the first goal following a Sawyer Jackson throw in with more than 19 minutes to play.
Dylan Gaul’s free kick from about 30 yards out tied the game three minutes later, and with the game seemingly destined for overtime, South Aiken struck one final time.
“All in all, when we play our style, we’ll play with anybody,” said Carpenter.
In the girls contest, South Aiken blitzed Aiken with pressure and controlled possession for an 11-1 rout.
The South Aiken girls wasted no time in building a commanding lead, as Emily Graves exploded for five goals in the game and her team went up 8-0 at the half.
Chances weren’t as plentiful immediately after the break, but the Lady Hornets still saw South Aiken (13-1-1) pull away even more when Sabrina Giancroce’s corner found a box fill with teammates to get the easy goal.
Aiken (6-5) didn’t strike until McKenna Dyer’s header with about 13 minutes to play.