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The Buford High School soccer team ignited in the second half to post a 6-2 win over Region IV-AA and county rival Andrew Jackson at Jackets Stadium on Tuesday night.
BHS junior standout Mikeem McKinney paced the Jackets’ solid effort with five goals in the win.
Buford, 4-9, 2-3, held a 2-1 lead at the half and exploded in the second half for the decisive victory.
AJ, 8-6-4, had blanked the Jackets 3-0 earlier in the season.
“We played well and it was a total team effort,” Buford coach John Bundy said. “We have had some players out with injuries, but they were all back for this match and it was good to be at full speed with the team.”
Josh Roach tallied the other goal for Buford.
Tyler Jenkins posted three assists. Danielle Beard and Andrew Ellis each had one assist for BHS.
“We had a total team effort,” Bundy said. “Everybody played well.”
Zach Arioli scored an unassisted goal for AJ’s first goal and later assisted Cody Ussery on AJ’s second goal.
Buford was coming off a road win over region foe Cheraw.
No. 5 Warriors roll
The No. 5 Indian Land High School soccer team improved to 15-3 with a 5-0 win over Westminster Catawba on Tuesday night.
Nick Outen tallied two goals and added an assist for the Warriors. Outen, who holds the IL record for goals in a season, now has 36 this spring.
Nick Retter scored one goal and added an assist.
Will Medlock and Jordan Szustwal each tallied a goal. Eric Sandor, Anthony Cutrone and Elijah Roberts each had assists.
The Warriors had 32 shots on goal to five for Westminster Catawba. Trevor Hoxworth and Jake Barton teamed for the shutout. Hoxworth had a save and Barton added two saves for the Warriors.
Bruins seek to rebound
The Lancaster High School girls soccer team hosted Rock Hill on Thursday night in hopes of rebounding from a 3-0 road loss to Northwestern of Rock Hill. The Lady Bruins defeated NWHS, 2-1 earlier in the season.
Prior to the Lady Bruins’ match with Rock Hill, the LHS girls team held its annual recognition of staff cancer survivors.
The Lady Bruins will be in the Class AAAA Upper State playoffs as the fourth seed out of Region III-AAAA and will face either Spring Valley or Irmo on the road on May 7.
The LHS boys also fell to Northwestern at home on Tuesday. On Monday, the Bruins fell to Spartanburg, 4-1 in a make-up match at the Vikings field. SHS held a 2-0 edge at the half.
Chad Kiser tallied the LHS goal with an assist from Jaden Driggers.