Saluda bests Ninety Six, advances in playoffs
Friday, May 16, 2014 12:01 AM
SALUDA – The Saluda High School boys soccer team found itself in a familiar position at halftime Thursday night: trailing Ninety Six after the Wildcats jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the two teams’ second-round Class AA playoff game.
As familiar as that position was, so, too, was the ultimate result.
For the third time this season, the Tigers overcame a deficit against Ninety Six -- this time with second-half goals from Steven Torres and Aldo Pliego-Pineda -- and secured a 2-1 victory that bounced Ninety Six from the postseason.
Saluda will host Andrew Jackson on Saturday in the third round.
“We were down 1-nil at halftime, and we just told them we’ve been there before,” Saluda coach Colin Crumpton said. “We were down against Ninety Six both times in the regular season, and came back and won. We were down against Newberry, came back and beat them. We were down against Mid-Carolina, and came back and beat them.
“The boys just forgot how to lose. They don’t know what it feels like anymore. I’m so proud of them.”
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