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INDIAN LAND – The Indian Land Warriors soccer team made it three in a row and made it look easy.
The IL soccer team captured the sixth annual Red Rose Classic championship soccer tournament for the third straight season, going 2-0 in the one-day tournament at Warrior Stadium on Saturday, March 2.
The IL boosters, who have won four of six Rose City crowns, rolled to a 6-0 win over Buford and then topped Lancaster, 7-1 for the tournament title.
In the win over Bruins, Anthony Cutrone tallied three goals and added an assist. Nick Retter registered three goals and added two assists for the victors.
Eric Sandor booted in a goal on a penalty kick.
Jordan Szuststwal and Eric Sandor each added an assist.
Zeke Williams had the lone goal for the Bruins.
“We played extremely well together, despite the elements,” Indian Land coach Adam Cole said. “We have grown tremendously as a team since our first scrimmage. We have a lot of new faces and youth, but are really working well together. We know we have much more room for improvement. We still have some fundamentals to work on and we are still getting a feel for each others style of play, but overall, our team is bonding and playing well together.
“We are looking for senior leadership to help mold the new players,” Cole said. “That senior leadership was vital in our tournament run on Saturday.”
The Warriors opened play Saturday with a 6-0 win over Buford.
Jordan Szustwal scored three goals in the Warriors’ win.
Anthony Cutrone, Nick Retter and Abraham Moskowitz each tallied a goal.
Cutrone posted two assists and Retter added an assist.
Will Medlock, Zac Patterson and Elijah Roberts each added an assist.
Senior keeper Trevor Hoxworth and Jake Darton combined on the shutout.
“We have high hopes for this season and want to make another run at a state title as the defending Class AA Upper State Champions,” Cole said. “We were disappointed with our performance last year in the state championship, but look to use that experience and disappointment as our driving force this year to make it back and bring home a state title.”
Indian Land fell to Class AA Lower State champion Academic Magnet for the state title last May in Columbia.
Lancaster captured second place in the tournament with a 5-1 win over Buford.
Christian Tarque scored two goals to lead the Bruins. Jaden Driggers, Zeke Williams and Shykwon McCullough each tallied a goal for LHS.
Buford High’s Andrew Ellis tallied on a Mikeem McKinney assist for the Jackets’ lone score.
“This was our first match of the year,” Lancaster High School coach Alex Tarque said. “We’re a young team in the process of learning.
“Our style was hampered by the field conditions,” he said.
Buford High School coach John Bundy said the Jackets will get better.
“We gave up uncharacteristic early goals,” he said. “This was our first team competition. We will continue to work hard and improve as the season moves on.”