The Long County High School boys soccer season ended Wednesday as Riverside Military Academy defeated them in the second round of the state playoffs.
The Eagles jumped out to a 2-0 lead and that is where the score remained until the final five minutes. As the game was closing, Riverside punched in three more goals to make the final 5-0.
“They were a really good team and extremely fast, we came out on fire, controlling the ball and taking all shots on goal,” Long County coach Paul Austin said. “But they eventually took advantage of their large field size and we couldn’t last.”
With the loss, the Blue Tide ended the season with a 10-4 mark. Riverside Military Academy (13-2) now takes on Pace Academy (14-7) in the Elite-8 round of the 2-AA state playoffs.
Austin said he was proud of what his team accomplished in the third year of program.
“We had a season full of firsts with this team,” Austin said. “We beat BC (Benedictine Military School), we made the playoffs, and made it into the second round of the state playoffs. More importantly, we grew as a team and learned how to communicate and trust each other.”
He said he hopes the success will carry over into 2016.
“I have high expectations for the guys staying and the young men coming up,” the coach said. “It will not be easy, but we have the same goal as this year, get into position to make a playoff run.
“I want to thank the entire community for their support. Roll Tide.”
Picture: The season ended on Wednesday for the Blue Tide soccer team as Riverside Military Academy beat the Ludowici team 5-0 in the second round of the state playoffs.