‘Team of destiny’: May River boys soccer confident headed into state championship


Following a historic win to punched its first-ever ticket to the state championship, the May River boys soccer program is ready to finish off the season hoisting a trophy.

The Sharks took down powerhouse Bishop England 3-2 in the SCHSL 3A Final Four Tuesday night. Joel Fleek netted two goals in the final minutes to complete the comeback in front of a packed crowd at May River High School.

“We slayed the giant,” Fleek said at practice Thursday. “We know we are capable of anything if we work together as a team. We know we have the individual and team talent to persevere through anything.”

Bishop England knocked May River out of the playoffs the first two years of the Shark’s existence. Now that the Sharks got revenge over a tough opponent, players feel like anything is possible in the championship game Saturday afternoon.

“I feel like it is a team of destiny,” senior Mikey Chappelier said. “The things we’ve been through this year, the adversity we’ve had to face and just having to get over those stumps and fight through things.”

While its a young program, the coaching staff at May River set a high standard the moment players stepped on campus for the first year.

“We knew that we wanted to be the best. Not just in Bluffton and not just in Beaufort County,” head coach Misael Garzon explained. “We wanted to be the best in 3A and the best in the state. It’s no surprise to us we are here where we are right now. It might be surprising to a few or a lot but to us and this group of kids it’s not a surprise cause we work hard and have been committed to acheiving this goal.”

May River takes on Indian Land in the state championship game Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Irmo High School.

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