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Soccer coach ends career at Irmo with 14th state championship

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Phil Savitz Phil Savitz
GILBERT, SC (WIS) -

It was a storybook ending to the high school soccer season and the tenure of Phil Savitz as head coach of the Irmo Yellow Jackets Saturday night.

Savitz is leaving Irmo after 33 years to take over the program at Lexington's new River Bluff High School.

Saturday Savitz and the Yellow Jackets faced the Lexington Wildcats for the 4-A Championship.

It turned into a marathon at Gilbert High School. After regulation, two 10-minute overtime periods and two 5-minute sudden death overtimes, it was still scoreless. So the game went into penalty kicks.

It was 3-3 when Irmo's Hunter Wages made a save.  The Yellow Jackets' Mattison Gossett scored to give Irmo the State Championship 4-3 on penalty kicks.

Savitz celebrated his 14th championship with Irmo.

Savitz was elected to the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011.

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