Savitz reaches 600-win coaching milestone

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Phil Savitz became the 17th coach in U.S. high school soccer history to reach 600 career boys' soccer wins Tuesday night when Irmo (Columbia, S.C.) edged rival Lexington (S.C.) 2-1 at Lexington.

However, after the match, Savitz's focus was on this season and not 32 years worth of victories.

"It's a tribute to all the players and coaches who have come through the program," Savitz said. "But it's only win No. 6 on the year."

Irmo, ranked No. 2 in the current POWERADE FAB 50 spring rankings, is in the early stages of what is projected to be another run at a state title this spring.

Tuesday night, Matt Manter gave Irmo a 1-0 first half lead before Lexington tied the match. Midway through the second half Air Force commit Connor Dunbaker delivered what proved to be the game-winning goal.

Savitz has a career record of 600-71-5 since taking over the Irmo program in 1981.

Throughout Tuesday he received a number of phone calls and emails from former players and friends, wishing him success Tuesday night.

"It means a lot to me that the tradition of Irmo soccer means so much to them," Savitz said. "But I'll be happy to get the focus off me and back on the team and the season."