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Junior Warriors go unbeaten in taking tournament crown

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By Eric Rowell

Indian Land completed an unbeaten run to capture the title in the Bruin Invitational junior varsity soccer tournament at Lancaster Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

The Junior Warriors, who went 3-0 in the tournament and outscored their foes 12-2, downed Buford, 5-1 to take the title.

IL led 1-0 after an own goal and then forged a 3-0 lead on a pair of Shea Rodgers’ goals. Jake Retter and Garrett Gerdes each had an assist to Rodgers.

Buford’s Andrew Ellis, on a Cole Keaton assist, made it 3-1, but IL answered as Gerdes and Jordan Szustwal tallied. Retter and Mason Huebsch each had an assist on the goals.

“I was proud of our team. We played outstanding defense,” IL coach Tim Thornton said. “That was the key to our success.”

Thornton saluted the play of Mason Mullis, Matthew Medlock and Austin Erwin.

IL, which defeated tourney host LHS, 4-0, on Friday, also took a 3-1 win over Buford to open play Saturday.

Justin Penn scored two goals and Shea Rodgers added another in the IL win. Jake Retter, Chris Blakeney and Garrett Gerdes each had an assist.

Buford’s Randy Sweisberger scored on a header on a Cole Keaton corner kick.

In the consolation match, Lancaster posted a 2-1 win over Andrew Jackson, which dropped a 1-0 loss to Buford on Friday night.

AJ took a 1-0 lead on a Zack Arioli goal off a Josh Croxton assist. The Junior Bruins answered as Cory Lucas tallied off a penalty kick.

The Junior Bruins notched the winning goal as Austin Melvin scored on a 35-yard shot which just cleared the AJ keeper’s hands.

The AJ Junior Vols opened play with a 4-2 win over the Junior Bruins on Saturday.

Josh Croxton gave AJ a 1-0 lead on an assist from Skylar Ghent.

Lancaster answered with Eric Valencia tallied to tie the match, 1-1.

In the seesaw match, AJ took a 2-1 edge as John Ware scored on a Keenan Eubanks’ assist.

Lancaster tied the match on a Sarrikio Ingram goal off an Ed Ghent assist.

 Croxton, on an Arioli assist, took a 3-2 lead and then wrapped up the victory as John Ware scored for the Junior Volunteers.