LHS, AJ girls fall in soccer playoffs

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County soccer roundup

By Eric Rowell

The Lancaster Lady Bruins’ soccer team fell in its playoff opener Monday at Fort Mill, dropping a 5-0 loss to the Region III-AAAA champion Lady Yellow Jackets.

FM was on the offensive early as Kaitlyn Marr scored seven minutes into the match.

Fort Mill continued its scoring with two goals a minute apart. FM’s Ashton Wolfe headed in the Jackets’ second goal and a minute later, Abbie McDonald broke through the LHS defense to tally.

“We had a good week of practice and had a good game plan in place,” LHS girls coach Bo Sylvia said. “Our goal was to keep the match close. Once we got down three goals, we had to break away from that game plan.”

LHS shut down FM the rest of the first half and was only down 3-0 at the half. Fort Mill took little time to score in the second half with Wolfe scoring her second goal of the match three minutes into the final half.

“This has been a tremendous experience for our players,” Sylvia said. “Our freshmen and juniors got a taste of what the state playoffs are all about. This team made tremendous progress and we hope to build on this success.”

FM capped the scoring on a Sarah Thomas goal.

“Every player played tonight,” Sylvia said. “This has been a positive experience for our team.”

LHS, in the playoffs for the first time in several seasons, finished 14-8.

The match marked the final contest for LHS seniors Anna Funderburk, Lacy Booher, Lindsy Cooper, Larkin Blackwell and Cady Creighton.

“These seniors have provided wonderful experience and we will miss them, but we’re grateful for their contribution to the Lady Bruins’ soccer program,” Sylvia said.

AJ fall in double OT

The Andrew Jackson girls’ soccer team dropped a tough 2-1 double overtime loss to Walhalla in the opening round of the Class A-AA playoffs on Monday at the WHS field.

AJ broke on top in the second half as Joanna Croxton tallied off a Brooke Watts assist.

Walhalla tied the match in the final 10 minutes to force the OT. The Lady Razorbacks scored with four minutes left in the second OT to take the 2-1 win.

AJ coach Ronnie Wall saluted the play of senior keeper Sydney Hinson, who had 25 saves.

“Sydney played her best match of her career,” Wall said. “We also had a solid defensive effort from Ashleigh Aiello, Katherine Killingsworth and Allison Kelley.

“Kelcey Fletcher was also solid in the midfield for us,” he said. “On the offensive end, Ashley Beavers and Leah Kennington played well. Our girls gave a strong effort and I was proud of them.”

The match was the final contest for Rachael Dippel, Sommer Zusin, Croxton, Hinson and Watts.

“We’ve had a good, solid group of seniors,” Wall said. “They led us to one of our better girls soccer seasons in school history.”

The AJ went 11-5 this season and captured the Conference IV-AA soccer title.

Lady Warriors win

The Indian Land Lady Warriors defeated Landrum 3-0 in the first round of the Class A-AA Upper State playoffs on Monday.

Junior striker Sarah Adams led the Lady Warriors with two goals. Erin Carroll added a penalty kick goal for IL.

Senior goalie Brittani Kronquist posted her eighth shutout for the season.

IL also had strong midfield play from seniors Becca Labonte and Shannon Hammaker.

Brooke Adams and Taylor Altier held the Lady Cardinals’ attack at bay.

The 11-4-1 Lady Warriors face fourth-seeded Emerald High School in Greenwood tonight in Class A-AA second-round play.