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LHS shutout nets crown

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Lady Bruins blank York for 4th straight tourney title

By Eric Rowell

The location was different, but the same result.

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The Lancaster Lady Bruins soccer team captured its fourth straight preseason tournament  championship with a 6-0 win over York on Monday night at Memorial Stadium.

The LHS girls entered the tournament, the Lancaster  Invitational, with three straight crowns in the Cyclone Cup preseason tournament in Chester.

The Chester tournament, due to a coaching change, wasn’t played this season, so Lancaster opted to host the three-day tournament which opened last Thursday.

The Lady Bruins were on top of their game from the opening match, posting three straight shutouts, including the 6-0 win over the York Lady Cougars for the championship on Monday night.

The title match was set for Saturday, but wet playing conditions from a Friday night storm moved the contest to Monday night.

Lancaster built a 2-0 lead at the half and cruised to the win.

The LHS girls broke on top 15 minutes into the match as sophomore Frances Whitesides, who had an outstanding tournament with eight goals and four assists, tallied for a 1-0 lead.

Hannah Knight scored off a Whitesides’ assist for a 2-0 halftime edge.

Whitesides, on a breakaway from midfield, scored to open the second half for a 3-0 LHS advantage.

Mary Beth White connected on a 40-yard shot to give the Lancaster High girls a 4-0 lead.

Sedona Smith, with an assist from Whitesides, pushed the Lady Bruins’ lead to 5-0 and Brittany Aycock put in the final goal for the 6-0 LHS win.

“We had one player ill tonight and two players playing through some nagging injuries, but we stepped up and played well,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said. “I’m especially proud of this team. Our defense was strong because we didn’t allow a goal in three matches.”

Lady Bruins’ keepers Effie Spears and Jada Brice teamed for the shutout at the goal.

Lancaster opened play with a 7-0 win over York on Thursday and then downed Lugoff-Elgin 8-0 on Friday.

The Lady Bruins open their regular-season schedule as they visit Region III-AAAA foe Gaffney High School tonight.

The Lancaster boys will host Gaffney tonight in region play at Memorial Stadium.

The Bruins will play for the title in the boys Cyclone Cup tournament in Chester on Saturday when they face South Pointe of Rock Hill.

Lancaster opened play at Chester with a 9-1 win over the host Cyclones on Thursday. The Bruins dropped a 5-1 loss to South Pointe of Rock Hill on  Friday in Chester. Chad Kiser, on an assist from Jaden Driggers, scored the lone goal in the loss to the Stallions.

 In the win over Chester, Kiser scored four goals and had an assist. Driggers tallied twice and added four assists for LHS.