Irish eliminated by Savannah Christian

Savannah Christian 4, Aquinas 1

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Aquinas Matt Tuschen kicks the ball as Savannah Christian's Will Fox leaps in the air during Saturday's playoff match.  DENNIS KNIGHT/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
DENNIS KNIGHT/MORRIS NEWS SERVICE
Aquinas Matt Tuschen kicks the ball as Savannah Christian's Will Fox leaps in the air during Saturday's playoff match.

SAVANNAH, Ga. — Aquinas coach Kevin Trammell came into the season without the highest of expectations. The Fighting Irish won a state title last year, but lost the heart of that team to graduation.

So Trammell wasn’t too upset about his team’s 4-1 season-ending loss to Savannah Christian in a Class A Elite Eight matchup on Saturday.

“They outworked us today,” Trammell said. “We came out flat and after they scored that first goal, we never got our heads back up … But I’m happy with our season. We came into the playoffs with a 3-8 record and reached the quarterfinals. If you would have told me we would end up in the top 10 this year, I would have brushed it off. But the guys stepped up and played well down the stretch. I was pleased to see our run of play and look forward to next year.”

Savannah Christian freshman Conor Rickman delivered one of the best free kicks of the season in the first half. Rickman played the kick from about 45 yards out on the left side of the field – blasting a shot toward the right post. Senior Grant Stevens was there to get a boot on it, getting it past the helpless keeper on the right side of the goal to give the Raiders a 3-0 lead in the 35th minute.

Savannah Christian senior Will Fox scored the first goal on a breakaway and beat a defender and the keeper in the 21st minute.

Kaivin Patrick scored the next goal unassisted five minutes later.

The Raiders scored their final goal in the last minute of the first half when senior Bradley Morgan made a long cross to the right post. Stevens was there to head it down on the ground and into the goal to make it 4-0.

Adam Cundley scored for Aquinas.


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