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Bruins rally, down Jackets booters, 3-2

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Lancaster rallied from an early 2-0 deficit to take a 3-2 soccer win over Class AA county rival Buford on Tuesday night.

LHS scored the winning goal in the 74th minute of the match as Chad Kiser tallied.

Fast-starting Buford capitalized on two mental errors by the defense in the opening minutes of the match to forge a quick 2-0 lead. Josh Roach scored both of the Jackets’ goals, with the first goal assisted by Trey Starnes.

The Bruins kept pressing the attack and were rewarded with a goal in the first half.

The Bruins took 14 shots on goal to Buford’s four.

Buford played a smart defensive shell which made it difficult for the Bruins to penetrate, but finally after many attempts at the 32-minute mark of the first half Jaden Driggers scored to make it a 2-1 match at halftime.

The Bruins missed a penalty kick and had another goal called back in the first half.

Buford, 6-10, tried to hold on, but LHS rallied in the second half.

In the second half, Kiser scored the first of his two goals at the 18-minute mark on a rebound from a Chase Christensen shot.

Late in the match, Kiser scored again on an assist from Daniel Arroyo to make the final score 3-2.

The match was Buford’s senior night and the Jackets honored John Knight, Erica Powers, Brady Ramsey, Justin Sims, Jonathan Soliman and Chris Thomas for their contributions to the BHS program.

In the jayvee match, Lancaster posted a 4-1 win over the BHS Junior Jackets.

The Bruins capped their regular-season play Thursday with senior night against Chester High.

The LHS seniors are Austin Blackwell and Dillon Huggins.

The 11-9 Bruins produced some highs this season in defeating South Pointe along with region foes Clover, Spartanburg and Gaffney.

The Bruins came close to qualifying for the playoffs, but came up a bit short.

“We will have a strong rising senior class next season and a strong rising junior class, which with a little help from the younger players, should make us very competitive in the region,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said. “The boys know what they need to work on over the summer and fall to get to that competitive level and we will encourage them to pursue those aspirations so their dreams will come true.

“We want to congratulate Chad Kiser and Daniel Arroyo for making the all-region team,” Sylvia said. “It is a tremendous accomplishment in this highly talented region to place two of our players and we are very happy for them and their families.”

Trojans edge Vols

Class AAAA power Northwestern defeated the AJ Vols soccer team, 2-0 earlier this week.

The Trojans’ outstanding forward Ricky Garbanzo scored both of the NWHS goals in the first half.

In the competitive match, Andrew Jackson had several shots at goal in the second half, but all either sailed wide or over the goal or were saved by the Trojan keeper Sam Faris.

The win was Northwestern’s eighth straight for the 10th-rated Trojans.

AJ, 11-9 on the season, faced the Indian Land Warriors in the Region IV-AA first-place tie-breaker at Buford High School on Thursday.