May River’s boys soccer team went into Saturday intent on winning the third-year school’s first team state championship.
The Sharks got their title, but they missed the distinction of being first by a couple of hours. Shortly after May River’s boys track and field team claimed the Class 3A state championship, the soccer team followed suit with a dominant 6-2 win over Indian Land.
The Sharks showed no sign of a letdown after a wild comeback win over Bishop England in the Lower State final, as Conner Golden struck early for a 1-0 lead.
Joel Fleek added to the lead with a header in the 42nd minute, and Golden made a brilliant run leading to his second goal and a 3-0 advantage. After Indian Land broke through on a penalty, Golden finished the hat trick to essentially clinch the win.
Alan Gonzalez added a goal for the Sharks, and Indian Land scored an own-goal to make it 6-1 before sneaking in a late score.
“It’s an awesome feeling and a just reward for the season we’ve had,” May River coach Misael Garzón said. “I couldn’t be prouder of this program and them being able to not only experience playing in a state championship, but coming back home as state champions. It’s a testament to our program, our players, our school, and our town.”