Class A Boys Soccer Championship: Paideia 5, Hebron Christian 4

Patrick Wilkerson came up with a big save, and Eli Pinner delivered the clincher for Paideia in a championship game thriller decided by a shootout.


Hebron (16-3-1) overcame an early 2-0 deficit, behind a hat trick from Cole Redman. Bailey Pinto’s goal with 20 minutes left put the Lions ahead 4-3.

But Paideia’s Malcolm Singleton tied the game with 2:20 to play, sending the game to goal kicks, where Wilkerson made a diving save to his left to help the Pythons (21-1) sweep the Class A boys and girls state titles.

Gustavo Martinez and Quill Yates scored first-half goals for Paideia. Martinez also drew a foul that set up a second-half goal from Pinner.

–David Purdum

4 comments Add your comment

J

May 19th, 2013
5:35 pm

Good game…. bad officiating.

Techmate

May 20th, 2013
7:29 am

No the officials got it right for the most part. Hebron Christian, unfortunately, took the low road and it cost them at leat 5 yellow cards. I don’t think Paideia had a single one. Because Paaideia had more speed than the other team, HC was pulling down the Paideia players from behind and making tackles that were unnecessary.Poor coaching in my book. Not really very Christian-like. More “win at any cost.” HC had some good moments, coming from behind but their play was thugish. Again, poor coaching.

Atticus Finch

May 20th, 2013
10:30 pm

Ah, or you could say the Paideia team has perfected the art of the flop. I guess it depends on your definition of “sportsmanship” but, despite the theatrics, constant falling down, and feigned injuries by the “pythons”, it was a fun game to watch.

Techmate

May 23rd, 2013
8:19 pm

HC should flop more and illegally tackle less. Fewer players would get hurt that way. But HC players were out of control. Certainly, their coach couldn’t control them. The bullies lost. The “floppers” won. So perhaps HC should learn to flop more and Paideia should learn to tackle harder to get more yellow cards. Nah!