Augusta coach Monty Rowland was left bewildered and puzzled as to why Augusta’s boys soccer team didn’t play like this all game long.
Berean Academy dominated the first half of Tuesday’s Class 4-1 regional opener and led 4-0 early in the second half. The Warriors added a fifth goal for a 5-0 lead.
But the Orioles went on a scoring spree in the game’s final 12 minutes. The Orioles scored four goals in a huge rally to pull within one before Berean finally held off them off for a 5-4 win.
“We scored one goal, and we exploded on offense,” Rowland said.
Rowland made some changes to the Orioles’ lineup, including moving Michael Albright to center-midfield to try and kickstart the offense and get something going on offense. Kyler Steinkamp gave life to the Orioles’ offense with a pair of goals, assisted by Kesten Trebbe and Brandon Denoncourt.
Mason Hiser added two goals of his own to pull Augusta within one. Albright and Steinkamp had the assists. Hiser’s first goal cam after the Orioles recovered a rebound after crashing the net, something Rowland agreed the Orioles hadn’t done a good job of doing during the team’s past few games.
Despite the strong finish, the Orioles’ season comes to an end.
The team will have its season-ending banquet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30 to give out team awards and possibly All-League honors.