Indian Springs boys capture state championship
By DREW GRANTHUM/Sports Editor
HUNTSVILLE — For the first time since 2008, the Indian Springs School’s boys soccer team reigns supreme over the AHSAA’s Class 1A-4A, capturing the 2014 state championship over Randolph, 2-1.
Boasting only two losses all season, ISS squared off with the hometown Raiders in what was a defensive struggle for most of the contest.
Randolph used its size and speed to turn up the pressure early, spending a great deal of time in the ISS zone. A Raider shot sailed high of the goal with 23:00 left in the first half, with an ISS header attempt late in the half going over the top of the goal as well.
With time winding down, Reeves Duggan buried a shot with 1:57 left in the half to put Indian Springs up 1-0. ISS ran out the clock, and took the lead into the half.
Duggan picked up where he left off in the second half, scoring again six minutes in to put Indian Springs up 2-0.
The Raiders cut the lead to one with a goal with 18:33 remaining in the game. Both teams then picked up the tempo, with Randolph trying to break the Indian Springs defense.
Indian Springs refused to crack, turning the Raiders away each time. ISS was able to take control of the game, sealing the 2-1 win and the title.
Head coach Rik Tozzi said the squad’s determination was the difference for ISS all season long.
“This was our goal,” he said. “We decided as a group that anything other than a (state title) would be a failure for us. The boys saw it through. The two goals we scored were world class, and the boys have been doing that all year. I think the boys deserved it. It is truly what we set for our goal.”
With the win, Indian Springs captured its second state title in program history since the AHSAA began awarding a state championship for the sport in 1991. ISS finished the season with 24 wins and two losses.