Shortly after Friday’s epic Class 3A boys’ soccer championship game, Brookland Cayce coach Matthew Drapeau gathered his team in midfield and reminded the players of their accomplishments over the past two seasons.
Brookland-Cayce won a state championship last year but this time lost to Daniel on penalties. The game lasted more than four hours and suffered a weather delay at Irmo High School.
The match ended in a penalty shootout at 3. Daniel won the PK round 3-1.
“I told them to keep their heads up,” Drapeau said. “When we went into the (weather delay) I told them they were in a classic match. It was one of the best state championships they’ve had. Yes, it hurts to lose, but someone has to do it every game. At the end of the day, what a game to partake in. The memories you make are what it’s all about.”
After the speech, Drapeau left and comforted BC senior star Eduardo Moisa Membreno, the team’s catalyst for the past two seasons and who helped lead the Bearcats’ comeback in the title shot.
Trailing 3-1 on penalties, Moisa Membereno looked to extend the game, but Daniels goaltender Coleman Wright made the stop to give the Lions their fifth state championship and first since 2003.
“What I told him is that I love him,” Drapeau said. “I know it sucks to lose but everything he’s done for the program. … Without him we wouldn’t be here. Just like when we win and he says it’s not about me. It’s the same when we lose, it’s not just you. It’s everyone. But we love him and are very proud of him and he has a bright future in football.”
Wright was tremendous in overtime and on penalties for the Lions. He had a great save in the first five-minute period of sudden death. On penalties, he stopped BC’s first two tries as the Lions took a 2-0 lead.
Tyler Brown gave Daniel a 3-1 lead before Wright’s final save.
“It’s just about being confident and confident in my abilities,” Wright said. “I made some mistakes earlier in the game but I was still confident that I could make it big. That’s the mentality a goalkeeper needs to have. You have to stay focused.”
Liam Disjardins and Eddie Merck also scored goals in penalties.
It was Daniel’s second state championship of the school year. The Lions also won their second straight Class 3A football championship.
Daniel lost 4-2 to BC in the league game last season.
Brookland-Cayce were 2-0 down midway through the second half until BC’s Moisa Membreno headed the lead in the 63rd minute to make it 2-1.
Moisa Membreno equalized in the 73rd minute with another goal that shot past Daniel’s defender and goalkeeper to make it 2-2. He finished the season with 57 goals and 141 for his career in just over three seasons.
During that year’s playoffs, Moisa Membreno scored 10 goals in BC’s five postseason games.
Two minutes later, BC’s Angel Berrientos Reyes gave the Bearcats a 3-2 lead when he caught one from the back of the head in the 75th minute.
As the BC fans and touchline braced for a possible celebration, Merck slipped past the defense to level at 3-3 with two minutes left.
The game went into overtime but was delayed 90 minutes due to lightning and rain, leaving 3:30 in the first 10-minute overtime.
Daniel scored twice in the first 13 minutes of the game. Ezra White scored the first goal of the game after three minutes to make it 1-0. Merk made it 2-0 with a goal in the 13th minute.
2022 SCHSL SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS, SCHEDULE
At Irmo High School
Class 3A girls: Oceanside Collegiate 4, Powdersville 0
Class 3A boys: Daniel 3, Brookland-Cayce 3 (Daniel wins 3-1 in PKs)
Class 4A girls: Eastside vs. James Island, 5:30 p.m
Class 4A boys: Eastside versus North Augusta
Class A boys: Southside Christian vs. Palmetto Scholars, 10 p.m
Class 2A girls: Christ Church vs. St. Joseph’s, 25 minutes after a Class A boys game
Class 2A boys: Gray Collegiate vs. Christ Church, 25 minutes after the Class 2A girls game
Class 5A girls: Wando vs. TL Hanna, 6 p.m
Class 5A boys: Chapin vs. Riverside, 25 minutes after the Class 5A girls
SCISA SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP 2022 SCHEDULE
Class A girls: Charleston Collegiate vs. Patrick Henry, 10 p.m
Class A boys: Christian Academy vs. Charleston Collegiate, 1 p.m
With Cardinal Newman
Class 2A girls: Hilton Head Christian vs. Christian Academy., 10 p.m
Class 2A boys: John Paul II vs. Oakbrook Prep, 13 o’clock
Class 3A girls: Hammond vs. Pinewood Prep, 4 p.m
Class 3A boys: Cardinal Newman versus Hammond, 6:30 p.m