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INDIAN LAND – Host Indian Land won a tight battle with Region IV-AA and county foe Andrew Jackson High School to advance in the Class AA Upper State soccer playoffs.
Andrew Jackson held a 2-1 edge in the second half before the Lady Warriors used a furious finish to post the 3-2 comeback win on Monday.
The Lady Warriors tied the match at 2-all as Shalyn Dougherty scored off an assist from Emma Gladu. Dougherty, a sophomore, has 41 goals this season.
With three minutes to play, the Lady Warriors scored what proved to be the winning goal as the Groll sisters teamed for the score.
Kelsey Groll, on a corner kick, got the ball to Kayla Groll, who tallied for the go-ahead score.
“Our girls stuck with it,” Indian Land High girls soccer coach Mark Bonda said. “We made some formation changes and pushed a lot of our speed forward. The effort was amazing.”
Indian Land took the early lead as Gladu had a corner kick, which Kayla Groll tallied off of to give the Lady Warriors a 1-0 lead.
The AJ girls countered as Taylor Blackmon tallied off a throw in by AJ senior Leah Kennington to tie the match at 1-all.
Some four minutes later, Andrew Jackson scored as Savanna Catoe found the back of the net off Blackmon’s assist.
The Lady Warriors rallied to tie the match as Dougherty scored.
Then, just before the final whistle, Kayla Groll, off Kelsey Groll’s corner, put in the winning goal.
“We left every bit of energy on the field,” AJ coach Ronnie Wall said. “The difference was Indian Land took advantage of its opportunities.
“It was a good match, one where it was tough for any team to lose,” Wall said. “We wish Indian Land the best of luck.”
The Lady Warriors will move on to face Woodruff today at WHS. Woodruff blanked Lewisville, 8-0 on Monday.
Lady Bruins fall at SVHS
Spring Valley scored three second-half goals to notch a 4-1 win over the Lancaster Lady Bruins on Monday night in Pontiac in the Class AAAA playoffs.
The match was tied at 1-1 at the break, but the Lady Vikings, making good use of their depth, outscored LHS 3-0 in the second half to take the win.
Junior Tyson Blanton scored off a ricochet shot for the Lady Bruins’ lone goal.
LHS keeper Effie Spears played a solid match with 13 saves.
“Our girls played hard and we were proud of the effort,” LHS assistant coach Ed Humphrey said. “We played well in the first half, but they were able to sub a lot of players and wore us down in the second half.
“I think they have 27 players and they used them all to give them fresh legs,” Humphrey said. “Looking back over our season, we were proud of what we achieved and the effort.”
The LHS girls’ loss snapped a three-match winning streak.
The Lady Bruins finished 15-6, a school record for wins in a season, and the Lancaster girls posted 11 shutouts.
Lancaster also won a preseason tournament title for the fourth straight year.
The LHS squad loses seven seniors – Ashley Cauthen, Morgan Farrar, Lauren White, Sedona Smith, Mallory Blackmon, Mary Beth White and Jada Brice.
Lauren White, Cauthen, Farrar, Smith and Blackmon signed with the University of South Carolina Lancaster Lady Lancers on Monday morning.