CAIRO, Ga. - The Spalding High boys soccer team’s run through the state playoffs ended abruptly, 5-0, Wednesday at the hands of the Cairo Syrupmakers in the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs.
“It was really a 2-0 match,” said first-year Spalding head coach Scott Henderson. “Then we made some changes to try to score a goal and they made it 3-0. After that I tried to play as many people as I could and they scored two goals late against subs.”
The loss snapped a three-match win streak for Spalding (8-8), while Cairo (16-2-1) hasn’t lost in its last 15 matches heading into an Elite 8-round match Saturday at home against No. 8-state ranked Oconee County (14-4-0).
Under the direction of Henderson, Spalding shook off an 0-5 start to not only qualify for the state playoffs but also match the 2003, 2005 and 2007 squads for the most rounds played at state in the team’s nine-year history. The highlight was a stretch from March 20 through April 24 where the team won seven of eight matches, including a 1-1 (3-1 PKs) victory in the opening round of the state playoffs at Baldwin in Milledgeville, Ga.
“The guys worked hard and we really turned it around,” said Henderson.