Richmond Academy boys soccer loses to Statesboro on PKs

Statesboro 5, Richmond Academy 4 (Penalty kicks)
Statesboro's Andrew Ballard (right) slides to kick the ball in front of Richmond Academy's Joseph Ardrey.



With one final kick, Statesboro was charging and Richmond Academy was left standing or sitting, with some heads down.

The Richmond Academy boys soccer team, after a 1-1 tie through two overtime periods, lost at home in penalty kicks (5-4) to the Blue Devils on Thursday in a Region 3-AAAA tournament semifinal.

“It’s a bus ride,” Musketeers coach Steve Howard said, meaning his team will play on the road in the first round of the state playoffs. “That’s what I already told them”

Statesboro keeper Drew Funk was the difference, making big-time stops throughout the game as Richmond Academy was the team more likely to be threatening. Funk also wasted no time to get the huge moment on the penalty kicks, saving the first attempt for the only stop during the PKs.

The two sides needed extra time after Richmond Academy waited only 12 seconds to pull even following the Blue Devils’ goal.

With 26:41 to go in the second half, Statesboro broke the scoreless situation by knocking in a free ball before keeper Andrew Remchie could get to it.

But the euphoria was short-lived, due to Edo Douglass capitalizing on a quick chance. With his angle to work with getting tougher, Douglass got in a shot before the window disappeared.

Richmond Academy (9-7-1)did play some tough defense itself, however, as Weston Bush got in front of the ball right before it reached the line and after Remchie had his own save.

Those stops forced penalty kicks, which Statesboro took by going 5 for 5 and getting a save from Funk.

“He’s our captain,” Blue Devils coach Nick Thrower said. “He leads by example and he gets the team going.”