South Aiken Beats Chapin in Dramatic Shootout

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CAHPIN, S.C. (WACH) -- The Chapin girls soccer team was trying to win its 2nd state title in a row against the South Aiken Thoroughbreds, a game that turned out to be a classic.

The game was scoreless at the end of the first half, but things heated up in the second. South Aiken went up 1-0 after they got a deflection by the Eagles on a free kick.

Late in the second half, however, Chapin responded. Sara Taylor was able to get a shot off that barely went over the goal line. That made it 1-1.

After two 10-minute overtimes and two 5-minute sudden death overtimes, the game was still locked at 1. That meant the championship was going to end in a shootout. A shootout dominated by South Aiken.

Thoroughbred's goalkeeper, Makenzie Cude, came up big when it mattered. She made two saves in the shootout while her teammates didn't miss a penalty to win it 4-2.

"Felt comfortable going into the PKs," said Chapin head coach Bob Taylor. "We train those all the time. That's not the way you'd like to finish a game. Hats off to South Aiken. They have a great squad and I'm very proud of my girls."

South Aiken keeper Makenzie Cude said, "You have to be so confident. If you're not a confident keeper, you're not gonna make the save. At one point, I turned around and said, 'Your team is depending on you. You got it. Trust God. Trust you. Make the save.'"

It is the first state championship for South Aiken in program history.

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