Patriots win VACA boys soccer state crown

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Shenandoah Valley Christian Academy’s boys soccer team prevailed in an epic double-overtime showdown against familiar rival Fresta Valley in Saturday’s Virginia Association of Christian Athletics state championship game in Martinsville.

The Patriots entered the second overtime period still knotted with with Fresta Valley, but with three minutes to go SVCA’s Simon Cornwell broke free and drew a penalty to set up a free kick. Peter Harrison made it count, hitting a curling shot around the wall that found the bottom left corner of the net.

A minute later, it was Harrison breaking free for a dangerous attempt. Fresta Valley’s goalkeeper made the save, but SVCA’s Josh Smallwood was there to knock in the second-chance shot to make the final score, 3-1.

The VACA state championship is the fourth in the last eight years for SVCA, which will next head to Dayton, Tennessee on Tuesday to take part in the National Association of Christian Athletics national tournament.

Against Fresta Valley on Saturday, Harrison got the Patriots on the board just six minutes into the game when he bent a corner kick into the the goal. Fresta Valley tied the game in the 30th minute.

In Friday’s semifinals, Abel Green scored a first-half goal off Cornwell’s assist and Cornwell added another goal in the second half as the Patriots topped Grace Christian, 2-0.

Harrison was the star in SVCA’s state quarterfinal victory on Tuesday, as he scored five of the Pats’ 10 goals in a 10-0 victory over Timberlake Christian.

SVCA’s Morgan Beaty was named the VACA tournament Most Valuable Player. Joining him on the all-tournament team were Harrison, Chris Mason, Green and Madison Brewer.

Harrison, who has 22 goals this season, was named the VACA state player of the year. Beaty was a first-team all-state selection.