Rec soccer stars net titles

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10U, 12U all-stars win state crowns

By The Staff

The Lancaster County Parks and Recreation Commission program captured a pair of state championships in the S.C. Athletic Programs state soccer tournament at Patriot Park in Sumter on Saturday.

The Lancaster 9-10 all-stars and the Lancaster County 11-12 stars won state crowns, while the 15-under all-stars finished as the state runners-up.

U10 all-stars win

The Lancaster County 9-10 soccer all-stars captured their second straight SCAP 10U state title with a pair of shutout wins at Sumter’s Patriot Park.

The U10 stars captured back-to-back shutout wins, including a title-clinching 6-0 victory over Orangeburg on Saturday afternoon.

The Lancaster County all-stars advanced to the state championship  match with a tough 2-0 win over Walhalla.

Lancaster rolled to the U10 state crown with a 6-0 win over Orangeburg.

Lancaster County built a 3-0 halftime lead and added three second-half scores to seal the win.

Stiles Joyce scored two goals in the first quarter for a 2-0 Lancaster County lead.

In the second period, Adam Deese tallied to give the LC U10 stars a 3-0 edge.

In the second half, the Lancaster County stars stretched their lead to 4-0 as Neal Solesbee tallied. Mason Green added a pair of goals in the final period to seal the win.

Ayden Saldana provided an assist on one of Solesbee’s goals.

The duo of Tyler Williams and Jacob Wiltsie combined at the net for the shutout.

Coach Andre Merritt, who is assisted by Kevin Bowers, Steve Cauthen and Rick Plyler, saluted a host of players for their stellar play in the championship round.

Merritt lauded Joey Walters, Jacob Cato, Austin Ross, Cadi Mangano, Andre Merritt Jr., Nolan Plyler, Mason McKitrick and Colby Cauthen.

The Lancaster County U10 all-stars opened play with a 2-0 win over Walhalla.

Rhett Bowers and Cam Hunter each scored a goal in the Lancaster County win.

“I was impressed with our defense,” Merritt said. “Walhalla attacked, but we held strong and stood tall. Walhalla was really a tough team and Orangeburg impressed me with its speed.”

Merritt added he was proud of his team.

“We worked hard and came to fight,” Merritt said. “We didn’t allow a goal in the playoffs, so that was an outstanding effort. We were great in defending our titles.”

The Lancaster County U-10 stars earned the bid to the state tournament, defeating Fort Mill 7-0 for the Central District title in Lancaster on Nov. 19.

U-12 stars win

The Lancaster County 11-12 all-stars captured the state title on Saturday.

The LCPRC U12 stars qualified for the state tournament defeating Fort Mill 9-0 for the Central District title in Lancaster.

Kendra Haddox and Blaine Gossman combined for the shutout at keeper with two saves each.

Determined defense by Tyler Deese, Hanna Fitch, James George, William Ingram and Garrett Watts supported a strong passing attack by Nicholas Mangano, Bryton Davis, Austin Catoe, Isaac Williams and Alex Quevedo.

Kyle McManus, Luke Roberts and Zayn Sutton anchored the U-12 stars’ midfield play.

Lancaster gained possession of the Fort Mill kickoff and Mangano assisted Gavin Flowers with a goal in the first 46 seconds.

A few minutes later, Flowers collected a loose ball and took it to the net for his second goal of the game.

Flowers then assisted Grey Phillips with his first goal.

Davis assisted Jim Small with two goals in the span of about two minutes.

Deese stole the ball from the Fort Mill attack and assisted Gossman with goal number six. Catoe stole the ball and scored a goal to close out the first half.

In the second half, Mangano scored a goal with an assist by Quevedo. Kendra Haddox capped the scoring off an assist by Mangano in the final five minutes.

Spartan-like teamwork led to the 9-0 victory over Fort Mill to secure the SCAP Central District Championship and qualify us for the state playoffs in Sumter.

U15 stars state runnerup

The Lancaster County U15 all-stars finished as the state runnerup in the SCAP state tournament at Sumter’s Patriot Park on Saturday.

Lancaster County topped Marion 3-2 in the state semifinals before falling to Walhalla 3-0 in the state title match.

In the win over Marion, Peyton Patterson posted two goals for Lancaster County.

Lancaster County coach Todd Williams saluted the play of keeper Ryan Burgess.

 “In the first match with Marion we played real well,” Williams said. “In the second match, we were taken by surprise, but played well in the second half. It was a physical match.”