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County soccer stars place third

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By The Staff

The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission youth all-star soccer teams each placed third in the state tournament at Patriots Pointe in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday. The 15-under squad, which was led by coach Johnny Dukes, rebounded from a 2-0 loss to Walhalla to defeat Hanahan 2-0.“We were disappointed we didn’t bring home a state title, but we felt our teams played hard and represented us real well,” said Hal Hiott, who coordinates the LCPRC youth soccer program. “We felt we held our own and in the matches we lost, we gave a solid effort.” “At the same time, I thought each team bounced back well to get a win in the consolation round,” Hiott said. “They played hard no matter the situation.”In the 15-under state tournament, Dukes said his team played well in the opening-match loss to Walhalla, but couldn’t get the needed goal. “We had our chances, but couldn’t get our shots to fall,” Dukes said. “Our effort was there.” Brandon Neal and Bobby Dukes paced the offense.Coach Dukes also saluted the play of keeper Dustin Marshall along with Denis Killoran, Denton Clements and Steven Killingsworth.Dukes said the Lancaster team “totally dominated” the second half on the way to the 2-0 win. Neal scored on a breakaway shot from the left side. Katie Hinson tallied on a header for her first goal on a Neal corner kick.“Our entire team played well,” Dukes said. “You have to remember that this is a 13-year-old team playing in a 15-under field and we more than held our own.” n The 12-under all-stars placed third in the tournament, rolling to a 13-0 win over Hanahan.Chandler Neal led the Lancaster County stars with three goals and two assists. Elija Roberts tallied two goals. Will Medlock, Tyson Blanton, Brandon Vanstone, Cole Bailey, Jonathan Smith, Chad Thomas, Madison Byerly and Kyle Lombardo each scored one goal. Zachary Schoeppner had an assist.The 12-under stars had 10 different players score in the win over Hanahan.Coach Michael Schoeppner lauded the defensive play of Jacob Gibson, Hannah Knight and Kaleb Starnes. In the opener, Lancaster fell to Seneca 3-1 in overtime.Medlock had the lone Lancaster goal with an assist from Lombardo. Matthew Barnes, Nick Kulick, Zachary Schoeppner and keeper Chad Thomas aided the defense. In the Seneca match, Seneca scored a goal four minutes into overtime.Coach Schoeppner then had Lancaster pull up its defense to try and tie the match. “This resulted in Seneca scoring their final goal in the eighth minute of overtime,” Schoeppner.The 10-under stars defeated Orangeburg 1-0 for third place as Brandon Jacobs tallied off an assist from John Ware. In the opening match, the Lancaster County U-10 stars dropped a 1-0 loss to Pickens. Lancaster County outshot Pickens 15-1.“We dominated the match with Pickens, but couldn’t get a shot to fall,” coach Greg Jacobs said. “I was pleased with our effort in both matches. We played hard.”Jacobs said Corey Walters, Shea Rodgers and Hugh Harbin played well. He also lauded the play of keeper Kaleb Cisco along with Austin Melvin, Corey Lucas and Garrett Gerdes. Jacobs added Allison Yarborough and Ware played well on offense.