SHS wins final match in overtime

Published 11:24 am Saturday, May 19, 2012

LAWRENCEVILLE—Southampton High School’s soccer team finished its season Thursday with a 4-3 overtime win over Southside District foe Brunswick.

Johnny Tribbett scored his second goal of the match and 15th of the season early in the first overtime for the win. Tribbett had six assists and scored in every match he played in this season.

Brunswick scored first on a break away in the first half.

Tribbett scored before the end of the half off a pass from Alex Dunlow.

In the second half, Brunswick scored two more goals before Southampton’s Trey Dickens scored on a header off a corner kick by Franck LeMat. A few minutes later, LeMat scored off a corner kick to tie up the game 3-3.

Dunlow had two assists in the match. Goalie David Strozier had 15 saves to give him 93 saves on the season.

The Indians finished 6-6 overall and 4-4 in the district.

There will not be a district tournament this year after three schools left the district from last year. No. 1 Parkview and No. 2 Prince Edward qualified for the Region 1 tournament.

Southampton finished third in the district followed by Brunswick and Greensville tied for fourth.

“We had a good season, but didn’t achieve what we were capable of,” said Southampton Coach Scott Edwards. “We had lots of injuries that caused the lineup to change almost every match. We had some of our key players miss multiple matches, and even had two starters miss the entire season.”

“In the 12 years as the varsity coach at Southampton, I have never had this many injuries,” he continued.

Next year looks promising.

“I will return seven starters, including junior forward Johnny Tribbett, who has scored 23 goals and had 12 assists in the last two years and junior defender Alex Dunlow, who has eight goals and six assists over the past two seasons as a defender.