In Savannah, Windsor Forest girls' soccer ended Lowndes High's season in the first round of the state playoffs with a 4-3 defeat of the Vikettes, Region 1-AAAAA's No. 3 seed.
Lowndes also learned after the game that its head coach Bob Irwin, who made the Vikettes into a Region 1-AAAAA power during his six-year tenure with the school, will step down from his coaching post now that the season is over.
"I never thought I'd see that day," Irwin said. "I felt it at the first practice of the year and it was the same feeling I had when I ended my career as a baseball coach (in New York).
"You come to a certain point and you know it's time."
Lowndes' girls, already heartbroken after their first round exit, were even more shocked by Irwin's announcement, which concludes a successful 30-year coaching career.
"Stunned maybe, I don't know," Irwin said of the Vikettes' reaction after he told the team of his decision after the game. "They were dissapointed because they felt like they had (a win) and let it slip away."
After a season decimated by key injuries, Lowndes put up one last fight after falling behing 2-0 just 10 minutes into its first round matchup.
Trailing by that same 2-0 score in the second half, the Vikettes put together a string of three straight goals in a 10 minute period to take the lead. Staci Simmons scored 11 minutes into the second half for the first goal, then Jennifer Pittman tied the game at 2-all seven minutes later. Sam McCoy added another goal three minutes later to give Lowndes its first lead.
"We were cooking," Irwin said. "We played a good second half, I'll say that."
Windsor Forest ruined Lowndes' comeback with a goal to tie the game at 3-all with 10 minutes to play and then netted the game-winner with just two minutes remaining.
Lowndes finishes the season 7-7-3.
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