The Brunswick High soccer team won a thriller in sudden-death Thursday night over rival Glynn Academy in a key Region 2-AAAAAA match at Glynn County Stadium.
A large crowd on hand for the showdown between the rivals saw the Pirates make a sudden-death penalty kick prior to the Red Terrors missing their attempt which gave the Blue and Gold an official 3-2 victory over their Red and White counterparts in overtime.
BHS (11-2 overall, 8-2 region) had never beaten Glynn on the soccer pitch until this season and now has two wins over the Terrors in the same season for a sweep of the matches that make up the annual City Championship series.
Brunswick’s first-ever win over Glynn in the rivalry series that dates back to 1990 came back on March 9 when the Pirates toppled the Terrors 2-0 in their first league match of the season.
That win allowed the Pirates to stay perfect on the season at the time and saddled the Terrors (11-2-1, 10-2)) with their first loss of the spring.
BHS would drop its next two matches, both region contests, against Richmond Hill and South Effingham to fall a game behind Glynn in the loss column in the league standings.
The Terrors could have locked up a region championship and the league’s top seed for the Class AAAAAA state tournament with a victory over the Pirates. Thursday’s match was the final region counter for Glynn which has played all of its region games.
Brunswick had to win Thursday to forge a tie with the Terrors atop the region standings and have a chance to claim the league title. BHS still has two region matches left against Statesboro and South Effingham on the road to close out its region schedule. Those matches are slated for April 12 and April 14, respectively.
If the Pirates win both of those matches, they would win the region and earn the top seed for the playoffs by owning the head-to-head tiebreaker over the Terrors with the two victories in their season meetings.
Glynn can do no worse than second place and thus is guaranteed at least a home playoff game in the opening round of state as the top two teams from each of the eight regions in the state host a first-round contest. The top four teams from each region qualify for the state tournament.
In Thursday’s contest between the bricks, the Pirates jumped in front 2-0 before intermission as they scored on a pair of corner kicks in the opening 40 minutes.
Glynn scored twice in the second half to forge a 2-2 deadlock at the end of regulation, getting the tying goal on a penalty kick in the final minutes from Johnathan Sasser to even the score.
Neither team scored in the two overtime periods, thus the match went to penalty kicks in an attempt to produce a winner.
Glynn drilled four straight kicks while the Pirates misfired on their third attempt. BHS managed to connect on its fourth and fifth kick to force a make by the Terrors on their final kick for the victory.
The Terrors did convert their final attempt, however, so the match went to sudden-death kicks.
Again, the Pirates went first and made their opening kick.
The Terrors had to make their kick to keep the match going, but they misfired a second straight time. Thus, Brunswick emerged from the battle as the winner and kept its hopes for a region championship alive with two region matches still to play.
Brunswick has a non-region match Saturday at home against Benedictine. Start time is 1 p.m. The Pirates do not play next week while school is out for spring break. They play at South Effingham on April 12 and at Statesboro two days later on April 14 to close the season.
Also on Thursday, the Glynn girls defeated Brunswick 10-0 in a region matchup.