Dominant defense, Dyer’s OT goal lift Mighty Lions to first state title


Sophomore Levi Dyer scored the only goal of the night in the first overtime period, and Holy Trinity’s boys soccer team made it stand up for a 1-0 victory over Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach and the program’s first SCISA 1A state title Friday in Columbia. 

Riding the momentum of the Mighty Lions’ win in the girls title game earlier in the evening, the Holy Trinity boys turned in a masterful defensive performance, playing the Saints to a scoreless draw for 80 minutes of regulation. 

Holy Trinity had numerous scoring chances throughout the match but couldn’t get one past a standout Saints goalie until Dyer broke through in the 89th minute. The Mighty Lions’ outstanding back line and the combination of sophomore Andrew Jennings and senior Addison Wilson in goal made sure the lone goal was enough, as Jennings made six first-half saves and Wilson stopped six shots in the second half and overtime to preserve a 100-minute shutout. 

The win capped off a remarkable undefeated season for the Mighty Lions, who had never won a playoff game before putting together a perfect 11-0 campaign culminating with their first state title. 

Above: Holy Trinity Boys Soccer State Champs 2021

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