Lady Warriors, Vols post opening-round victories

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Girls high school soccer

By Eric Rowell

County foes Indian Land and Andrew Jackson will battle in the second round of the girls Class AA Upper State soccer playoffs tonight at IL’s Reservation.
Indian Land and Andrew Jackson each posted solid shutout wins in opening round play Monday, May 6.
Andrew Jackson, 15-3, blanked Mid Carolina of Prosperity, 2-0 at home, and host Indian Land rolled to an 8-0 victory over the Governors School.
Taylor Blackmon scored both the Lady Vols’ goals, the first coming in the opening half on a direct kick.
Blackmon, on an assist from Darby Threatt, scored her second goal in the second half.
AJ keeper Ina Roberts, who had four saves, posted the shutout for the AJ girls, who improved to 15-3 with their ninth straight win.
“Our entire defense was outstanding,” AJ coach Lee Hanna said. “We did a great job of limiting their shots and kept them on their side of the field.”
During a pair of regular-season matches, IL prevailed, 4-1 and 7-0.
Indian Land forged a 5-0 halftime lead on the Governor’s School and cruised to the 8-0 victory.
Shalyn Dougherty scored three goals and added an assist in the Lady Warriors’ solid win.
Katherine Kilroy scored two goals and added an assist. Kristin Carpenter, Babs Marshall and Maddison Byerley each tallied one goal for the Lady Warriors.
Kayla Groll and Emma Gladu each had an assist for the Lady Warriors, who had 38 shots to two for the Governors School.
IL keeper Isabella Maia had two saves for Indian Land, which improved to 12-4 with the win. The Lady Warriors, ranked No. 3 in the Class AA state poll, are seeded third in the Class AA Upper State bracket.
Indian Land has won six of its last seven matches.