Vols, Warriors advance to Rose City title match

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Prep Soccer Roundup

By Eric Rowell





Andrew Jackson and Indian Land met in the Rose City title match Saturday afternoon at Lancaster Memorial Stadium.

The Volunteers fell to host Lancaster, 2-1, but advanced to play for the title because the Vols had more points under the tournament’s points system.

Indian Land also moved on after a 4-1 win over Buford due to the Warriors’ points total under the tourney points system.

Nick Retter scored two goals and to key the Warriors.

Nick Outen and Hunter Kitchen each tallied a goal, with Kitchen tallying off a penalty kick. Chad Thomas had two assists.

Justin Sims had Buford’s lone goal on an assist off a Tyler Jenkins’ corner kick.

LHS moved its tourney mark to 2-1 with a 2-1 win over Andrew Jackson. Chad Kizer scored off a Jaden Driggers’ throw-in for a 1-0 Bruins’ lead.

AJ tied the match at 1-1 at the break as Kevin Hunter scored off a Joseph Harris assist. LHS’s Anzelmo Zamora tallied off a Driggers’ throw-in during the second half to give LHS the win.

The title match was completed after The News’’ deadline for the Sunday edition. See Wednesday’s paper for a report on the tourney’s consolation and title matches.

Andrew Jackson remained unbeaten in the Rose City Classic on Friday night at Memorial Stadium where the Vols posted a 4-1 win over Buford.

AJ opened with a 2-1 win over Indian Land in first-round play on Thursday at Memorial Stadium.

Four different players scored to push the Vols to the 4-1 win over rival Buford on Friday night.

Luke Kennington, off an Oliver Wall assist, put AJ up 1-0.

Tyler Denkins assisted Joseph Harris on a goal to give AJ a 2-0 edge on the Jackets.

Buford’s Justin Sims scored off a Tyler Jenkins assist to close the gap, 2-1.

The Vols padded their lead in the second half as Wall scored off a Harris assist for a 3-1 spread.

Brandon Neal netted a goal, with Fredrick Pederson providing the assist for AJ.

“We didn’t play with the same intensity we’ve played with in wins earlier this week over Gilbert and Indian Land,” AJ coach Marc Truesdale said. “We have to have that intensity each match.”

The Vols edged Indian Land 2-1 on Thursday to open play.

Kevin Hunter tallied off a Denkins’ corner kick for a 1-0 edge before Denton Clements scored on a penalty kick for a 2-0 AJ lead.

A Nick Outen goal sliced the AJ lead, 2-1, but the Vols held on for the tough win over the Warriors.

“That was a good win and we want to build on it,” Truesdale said.

Tourney host Lancaster, which earned the right to play at home with the tourney crown last season at IL’s Warrior Stadium, opened play with a 5-0 win over Buford on Thursday.

Anselmo Zamora tallied two goals as did Justin Knight to key the Bruins to the shutout victory.

Jaden Driggers also  scored off a penalty kick for the Bruins.

Matthew Johnston, a junior keeper, notched the shutout for LHS.

Indian Land evened its tournament mark at 1-1 with a 3-1 win over Lancaster on Friday night.

Some 10 minutes into the match, Outen scored on an assist from Carson McGinn.

Outen assisted Will Medlock on a goal to give the Warriors a 2-0 halftime lead.

In the second half, the Bruins sliced into the Warriors’ lead as Daniel Arroyo netted a goal on a direct kick from 30 yards out with 25 minutes to play.

The Warriors’ Michael Rodriguez sealed the IL win with a goal on a Retter assist.

IL’s Adam Cole said the match, the Warriors’ second win over LHS this season, was tough.

“Lancaster brings out a good competitive fire in our team,” he said. “We always play at our top level against Lancaster. That’s what it takes to win against them, a good, solid match.”

Lancaster High School soccer coach Bo Sylvia said he was proud of his team’s play.

“We had hard, physical play in the match,” he said. “We had opportunities that we didn’t convert.”