David Koprowski scored with less than four minutes left in regulation, and Alex Peachey got the game-winner five minutes into overtime as Brookland-Cayce defeated James Island, 2-1, on Tuesday night at James Island High.
The Bearcats (24-3-1) will face Eastside on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at River Bluff High for the Class 3A state title.
The Trojans (17-4) scored less than four minutes into the match when junior defender Brad Franklin chipped in a shot off a corner kick to for a 1-0 lead that would hold for 62 minutes.
For the most part, the Trojans shut down Koprowski and Tyler Brazell, two of the state’s most potent scorers this season. But Koprowski tapped in a loose ball off a throw-in with less than four minutes left in regulation.
The game-winning goal came in the first overtime when Peachey launched a curling shot from about 25 yards out on the right side of the 18-yard box. The ball sailed over the hands of Chiavacci for the score.
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EASTSIDE 2, RIVER BLUFF 0
At Taylors, Matt Sharp picked a great time to score his first goal of the season.
Eastside’s center back came forward over a minute before stoppage time in the second half and knocked in the game-winner.
Sharp’s goal, followed by Connor Hubbard’s goal in stoppage, sends top-ranked Eastside (20-0) to Saturday’s Class 3A boys soccer state championship game.
River Bluff (22-4), ranked No. 3 in the state, missed an opportunity to play for a state title on its home field.
The Eagles were a man up for much of the game after one of the Gators received a red card.
With the Gators sending all of their players forward seeking a tying goal in stoppage, Eastside senior Connor Donohue chased down a cleared ball, creating a two-on-one for the Eagles. He fed it to Hubbard, who iced the win.
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