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Lone goal lifts Warriors to IV-AA crown

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Indian Land made a first-half goal stand up as the Warriors claimed the Region IV-AA soccer title with a 1-0 win over county rival Andrew Jackson at Buford’s Jackets Stadium on Thursday night.

The Warriors’ Nick Outen tallied off a penalty kick after IL’s Elijah Roberts was fouled in the box.

Warriors’ keeper Trevor Hoxworth and the IL defense, led by Nick Retter and Outen, protected the lead to give the Warriors their third win over AJ in five matches this season.

The two teams split a pair of matches in the Rose City Classic at Lancaster and then divided a pair of regular-season clashes.

“Both teams played well and played tough,” Indian Land coach Adam Cole said. “I was proud of our defense. We had to reshuffle our defense with some players out with injuries and penalties, but we responded.”

AJ coach Marc Truesdale praised his team’s effort.

“We played hard and gave it a good shot, but couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net,” Truesdale said. “Both teams played hard, but we couldn’t convert when we had chances.”

The 17-4 Warriors are seeded second in the Class AA Upper State and will host Strom Thurmond High School on Tuesday.

AJ, 11-10 and seeded sixth in the Class AA Upstate field, will be home to battle county rival Buford, 6-10 and seeded 11th.

AJ, IL girls host

The Andrew Jackson Lady Vols soccer team closed out its regularseason with three straight wins to earn the No. 7 seeding in the Class AA Upper State playoffs. AJ hosts Broome High School of Spartanburg on Monday at 6 p.m.

AJ, 9-7, defeated Crestwood, Lewisville and Indian Land during the last week in April.

“Our players pulled together at the right time of the season to close out strong after spring break,” AJ coach Ronnie Wall said. “We needed three quality wins, and the girls worked hard to make that happen this week.”

Indian Land, seeded eighth in the Class AA girls field, hosts Emerald of Greenwood on Monday at 6 p.m. Admission is $5 and only S.C. High School League passes will be honored.

LHS Bruins blitz Chester

Lancaster High School soccer senior night produced fireworks at Memorial Stadium as 14 goals were scored by the LHS boys and girls soccer teams against Chester.

In both matches, the play was crisp and motivated throughout both halves with sound attacking ideas.

The playoff-bound Lady Bruins blanked the Lady Cyclones 8-0 and the LHS boys posted a 6-2 victory.

The LHS girls scored six goals in the first half, led by Frances Whitesides, Sedona Smith, Ashley Cauthen and Morgan Farrar.

The Lady Bruins overwhelmed the Chester girls with constant pressure in the attacking third which helped bring about a decisive beginning.

In the boys match, Daniel Arroyo, Austin Blackwell and Dillon Huggins all scored and played a wonderful farewell match as they saw their high school  careers end with a resounding victory.

“I was very happy to see the joy in the faces of our seniors as they finished wonderful careers in a winning note,” LHS coach Bo Sylvia said. “All of our girls and guys have led through example and words this season. We could not be any happier for them earning this result and enjoying the game as much as they do.  As always it is a bitter pill seeing these terrific young people leave your program, but at the same time there is great pride in knowing we had a small part in their overall development as human beings.”

The boys finished with a 12-9 record, while the girls are at 13-7 overall with the Class AAAA Upper playoffs beginning Monday when the LHS girls face Irmo, the Region IV-AAAA champion with a 16-3-1 record and No. 5 state ranking.