Chris Butler's goal in the waning minutes of yesterday's Class 1A state championship helped Sparrows Point avoid becoming Pocomoke's sixth straight shutout victim, but it couldn't stop the Warriors from claiming their 12th consecutive victory.
The Warriors of Pocomoke City executed their defend-and-attack strategy to perfection and downed the 15th-ranked Pointers, 3-1, at Old Mill.
"We have nothing to be ashamed of. It was just one of those days," said Sparrows Point first-year coach Bobby Hallet. "Pocomoke deserves all the credit because they played well, but I've never been more proud of a team in my life. To lose the people that we lost and still come this far is unbelievable.
"Nobody thought we had a shot but we were here and we'll be back, no doubt about it.'
Pocomoke (14-3), which was unscored upon in its first four postseason games, showed it could do more than just play good defense.
The Warriors scored three minutes into the game and took a 2-0 lead in the 20th minute on an unassisted follow-up shot by sophomore Josh Hickman.
The Warriors threatened to go up by three at the half, but a one-on-one opportunity by Chris Carpenter was thwarted by a diving save by Sparrows Point goalie Angelo Perrera (10 saves).
Butler, an All-State midfielder, had a chance to cut the lead to one late in the first half, but he was denied by the keeper.
we would have gotten that first goal right before the half, we could have made a game out of it," said Hallet.
"Pocomoke's first goal kind of took the wind out of us and when you score early like that it tends to give you a little more bounce in your step."
Carpenter, an All-State performer, showed why he is being heavily recruited when he scored on a feed from Hickman to put the Warriors out front, 3-0, with 15:36 remaining.
The Pointers (11-5-1), who were outshot by the Warriors 19-10, finally scored in the 74th minute when Volz fed Butler in front of the goal.