Seahawks fall in OT in district soccer championship

Tina Harbuck

Under a constant drizzle of rain, the South Walton Seahawks lost 2-1 in overtime to the Pensacola Catholic Crusaders in the championship game of the District 1-2A High School Boys Soccer Tournament Thursday night in Santa Rosa Beach.

Despite the loss, the Seahawks are still alive in playoffs. South Walton will play at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the Class 2A Regional Quarter Finals. The opponent and where was not available as of press time.

As for Thursday night’s contest, it was a battle.

Catholic got on the board first with a goal from senior midfielder Alex Ray in the last couple of minutes of the first half.

In the second half, the rain was falling harder at times and resulted in a lot of slipping and sliding on the field.

With less than two minutes left in regulation, Catholic was hit with a penalty and South Walton’s Adrian Legaspi lined up for a penalty kick. Legaspi knocked it right past the goalie low and into the back of the net for a 1-1 tie forcing the game into overtime.

In the first 10 minute overtime, neither team scored.

However, seven minutes into the second 10-minute round, Catholic’s Nico Paleaz found the back of the net for the win.

“Our boys just really worked hard the whole entire time,” said South Walton Coach Christine Carnero. “They played with heart the entire game. We pressed Catholic the best we can. We didn’t necessarily get the calls we should have. But through that our boys played with heart and finished strong, and I’m proud of them. They did everything they could do.”

With the win the Seahawks move to 9-4-1 on the season.