Daniel boys win in PKs to take state championship

By Bru Nimmons
Staff Reporter

COLUMBIA — After letting a two-goal lead slip away in regulation, the Daniel High School boys’ soccer team’s state championship hopes rested on the result of penalty kicks after 110 minutes of hard-fought play.

The Lions turned to senior captain Liam Desjardins for the first kick, and he delivered to put the Lions ahead, but it was the play of keeper Coleman Wright in the moments after that stole the show.

The junior blocked three of four Brookland-Cayce attempts to give the Lions the win and secure their first Class 3A state championship since 2003.

“I think he would be honest and tell you that maybe he made a couple of mistakes to let BC back into the game, but I can’t say enough about his ability to bounce back,” Daniel head coach Phillip Boyer said of Wright. “He could have let that defeat him, and his head

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