BELL BUCKLE – Not much has been expected from the Sacred Heart boys’ soccer in the early years of the program, but this season, the Knights have proven the type of team that they can be.
History was made when Sacred Heart won a region quarterfinal to reach the sub-state round of the Division II-A postseason.
On Saturday, the Knights continued to add onto that history as they beat Webb School of Bell Buckle 1-0 to advance to the state semifinals.
“We on the inside knew that we had what it takes to be good,” Sacred Heart coach Chris Harrington said. “This team has proved that they can compete. From Day 1, I knew they were good enough. It was whether they decided that they were good enough.”
Sacred Heart (11-6-1) will play Wednesday in the semifinals at Richard Siegel Soccer Complex at 4 p.m.
Sidney Bryant scored the lone goal in the 25th minute as he got a foot to a ball bouncing in the box. Bryant has come up big for the Knight in multiple games this season.
“Sidney has proven a lot this season,” Harrington said. “We wanted him to get 10 goals this season, and he had scored 17. He also had the key goal against Lausanne in the region consolation.”
Webb School had more of the possessions, but Sacred Heart relied on what has worked all season — organization and discipline.
“Webb had a player who had scored in every game this season, and we knew that if we managaed to stop him, we had a chance,” Harrington said. “We did a good job taking him out of the game. They didn’t know how to respond.”
In the latter part of the game as Webb School did everything that it could to even the score, the Sacred Heart defense stayed organized. Goalkeeper Braxton Dancy had 12 saves.
“We caught them a couple of times on the counterattack,” Harrington said. “Sean Graham had one roll right across the line, but we couldn’t get a second.
“But they couldn’t find an answer against us either.”
Harrington said the turning point of the season came after a 3-0 loss to Jackson Christian.
“We sat down after that loss and broke down in simple terms what had made us successful and what we didn’t do in that game,” Harrington said. “I told them to take a long look at themselves, and the response has been magnificent.”