AJ, LHS battle for Classic title

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By Eric Rowell

Andrew Jackson and Lancaster met late Saturday afternoon to decide the title in the first Rose City Classic at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

The Vols entered the clash with LHS with two wins, while Lancaster had a pair of (2-all) ties with county foes Buford and Indian Land.

Buford and Indian Land met in the third match Saturday, with Lancaster and AJ slated to play in the final match late Saturday afternoon.

The final two matches were completed after the paper’s deadline for the Sunday edition. See Wednesday’s edition for a report.

Andrew Jackson stayed unbeaten in the tournament, taking a 3-2 win over Indian Land on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Oliver Wall, who scored two goals, lifted the Volunteers to the win as he scored off a rebound shot. Jason Faile’s shot was blocked by IL keeper Patrick Sweatt, but the alert Wall was there to put in the shot for what proved to be the decisive goal.

Wall tallied to open the match for a 1-0 lead. IL’s Stefano Sojo tied the match with a goal. Faile put the Vols ahead, 2-1 with a tally, but IL’s Anthony Sweatt tied the match with a goal.

Wall’s second goal lifted AJ to the win.

Lancaster and Buford battled to a 2-all draw to open play Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

The Jackets broke on top as Michael Childers scored from 30 yards out for a 1-0 lead. The Bruins’ Daniel “Chicken Wing” Arroyo tied the match at 1-1 with a goal.

In the second half, Buford broke back on top as Jackets’ senior JoJo Morris found the net from 30 yards out.

Lancaster, with less than two minutes to play, deadlocked the match as Denico Clyburn scored off an assist from Drew Christensen.

Friday play

Lancaster and Indian Land battled to a 2-all draw in the opening match of the Rose City Classic on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Indian Land, which had both its goals from Stefano Sojo, held a 1-0 lead at the half. Lancaster rallied to tie the match as Michael Simpson scored off Ethan Kramer’s corner kick.

Sojo tallied his second goal for a 2-1 edge, but Lancaster answered on a Matt White penalty kick. LHS coach Bo Sylvia saluted the play of captain Kenny Workman, the Bruins center midfielder.

“Kenny did a good job of creating situations for us,” Sylvia said. “He played a part in all of our goals.”

In the second match of the opening night, Andrew Jackson blanked county rival Buford 3-0.

Jason Faile scored two goals for the Volunteers, who led 1-0 at the break before adding a pair of second-half goals.

Omar Truesdale also tallied for AJ on a header off a throw-in by Justin Deese.

AJ keeper Jonathan Faile notched the shutout, which included a nifty stop on a Morris penalty shot after a hand ball in the box.

Lady Bruins third

The Lancaster Lady Bruins capped play in the Bearcat Tournament at Rock Hill High School, notching a 5-0 win over Chester on Saturday morning.

Lindsy Cooper, who scored six goals in the tournament, tallied twice in the LHS girls’ win over the Lady Cyclones.

Cady Creighton, Rebecca Sizemore and Morgan Blackmon each tallied a goal for Lancaster. Elizabeth Simpson had two assists, while Paige Brumfield and Anna Funderburk added one apiece.

Tesha Tipton and Blackmon combined for the Lady Bruins’ second shutout in the tournament.

“I was real pleased with our tournament play,” LHS coach Lara Johnson said. “The girls had fun and I thought we were outstanding in our play.”

The Lancaster High Lady Bruins opened play in the Bearcat Tournament, taking a 4-0 win over South Pointe on Thursday.

Lindsy Cooper scored three goals and Larkin Blackwell added a goal to pace the Lancaster girls’ win.

Cady Creighton and Rebecca Sizemore each had an assist for the winners.

Tesha Tipton and Morgan Blackmon combined on the shutout.

On Friday night, Lancaster and Nation Ford battled to a 1-all draw. Lindsy Cooper had the lone LHS goal in the match which was a scoreless draw at the half.

LHS opens its season, facing Northwestern at the Trojans’ field on Tuesday.

The Lady Bruins open their 2008 home schedule Friday when they face York in a 7 p.m. match at Memorial Stadium.