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Buford rallies for 3-2 soccer win

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Spring Sports Roundup

By The Staff

 

   

Buford capped regular season socceer play with a 3-2 region win at Cheraw on Tuesday, April 30.

The Jackets were down three players, including two seniors and a starter, and with the juggled lineup, found themselves down 2-0 early. They quickly responded, with a goal by junior center-mid Andrew “Red” Ellis, off a great assist from sophomore Christian Ormand.

Cheraw led 2-1 at the half.

After making some personnel changes at halftime, senior captain Mikeem McKinney scored in the 69th minute on a penalty kick after being fouled hard in the box. The Jackets kept the momentum and pressure up, but just missed on several chances.

Finally, in the 78th minute, senior Brandon Gossman, who was filling in at left back due to the normal starter’s illness, found a crease in the Braves’ defense, and made the winning shot with two minutes left.

“This was a very inspired Cheraw team, so give them credit for playing hard. We had some key players missing, and early on, were sluggish and seemed unsure of ourselves, but once Cheraw went up 2-0, I was proud of how we responded with character and resolve,” BHS coach John Bundy said.

“A 12-4 record (3-3 in Region IV-AA) in the regular season wouldn’t have happened if our players had ever given up, and they used past experiences and hard work to persevere and come back from sluggish starts, or if we found ourselves down or tied late in matches. Brandon’s goal from left back is proof to each player that any of them is capable of making a winning play at any moment, and if they keep battling, good things will happen.”

Buford now awaits the seeding committee meeting for the state playoffs, which will be held Friday, May 3 in Columbia.

“As we’ve said, our goal was to be a top 10 team, and worthy of hosting at least the first round. I hope the committee will look at the strength of our region overall, and our number of wins, and reward all of our region teams with an opportunity to host. I feel we all deserve it. No matter what happens though, we’re going to continue working hard each day in practice, and be ready for whoever we play, wherever we face them.”

LHS netters fall

The LHS boys tennis team saw their season end with a 6-0 playoff loss to a strong Irmo team on Tuesday, April 30 at Irmo High School.

The Bruins made things interesting, but were ultimately on the wrong side of several tiebreakers and were unable to muster a rally. Tyler Ferguson, David Jewell, and the No. 2 doubles team of Peyton Brumfield and Matt Barnes played well, but came up just short in the end.

“Overall, I was extremely proud of our effort at Irmo and can certainly be proud of a great season in 2013,” LHS coach Phil Dewalt said.

“Overall, the season was a success as the team qualified for the playoffs for the third straight season as well as finished 10-5, which doubled their win total from 2012,” Dewalt said.

The Bruins placed third in the region above traditional tennis powers such as Fort Mill and Northwestern.

Looking forward to 2014, the team will have to work hard to replace Evan Muse who held the team’s No. 1 ranking the entire season.

Also graduating will be No. 3 singles player Ellison Hagins and No. 2 doubles player Matt Barnes. Coming back for their senior years in 2014 will be varsity players Adam Whetstone, Tyler Ferguson, and Peyton Brumfield as well as rising junior David Jewell.

IHS 6 LHS 0

Sean Nguyen (I) def. Evan Muse (L) 6-3, 6-2

John Rast (I) def. Adam Whetstone (L) 6-3, 6-2

John Ashford (I) def. Ellison Hagins (L) 6-0, 6-1

Zack Elias (I) def. Tyler Ferguson (L) 6-4, 7-5

Andy Reed (I) def. David Jewell (L) 7-6, 6-3

Greg Rast/Josh Fields (I) def. Peyton Brumfield/Matt Barnes (L) 6-1, 6-7, 10-5