Warriors down Lions for III-A soccer crown

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By The Staff

The Indian Land High School boys soccer team earned a measure of revenge in taking the Conference III-A title at Lancaster Memorial Stadium on Tuesday night.

The Warriors, who fell to Lewisville on IL soccer Senior Night 3-2 in a match decided on penalty kicks, avenged the loss with a 4-1 win over the Lions.The championship match was played at Lancaster, a neutral site between the two league schools.Anthony Sweatt scored a quick goal in the first half, assisted by Alfredo Lavieri for a 1-0 IL lead.The Warriors’ Luke Lambert scored the second goal of the first half, assisted again by Lavieri.“The team went into halftime confident, and came out stronger in the second half,” IL coach Adam Cole said. In the second half, Marco Mata took a hard shot which was saved by the Lewisville keeper. Mata followed his shot and finished, giving IL a  3-0 lead. Emmanuel Mata followed the goal by crossing a ball in front of the goal, which deflected off a Lewisville player and went in the goal to give IL, 10-3-1, a 4-0  lead.  Lewisville later answered off a free kick.“It was a good win for our  program,” Cole said. “We played well as a team.  The guys wanted this game, especially after a hard loss at home on our senior night.“ We were winning balls in the air, challenging passes, and communicating well with each other,” Cole said. “  I could not ask for more out of our defense.  They shut down the opposing team and kept our offense constantly on the attack.  We had 28 shots to Lewisville’s 5.”The prep playoffs  open  Tuesday.LHS netters win twoThe Lancaster tennis team capped its season with two wins over York this week.LHS downed York 5-2 on Monday and topped the Cougars 6-1 on Wednesday.“This was the third season since re-starting boys tennis in Lancaster.  We finished 5-9.  The first year we were winless and the second year we finished 3-11, so progress has been made.  With the assistance of the new USCL tennis coach and the Rock Hill Tennis Center, we hope to from a local junior tennis team league during the summer to help introduce more kids to tennis,” LHS coach Tony Gilreath said.LHS 6 York 1Logan Catoe (L) def. Suggs 7-5, 6-1Miller DeVenny (L) def. Sloan 6-2, 6-1John Michael Catalano (L) def. Fish 6-2, 6-0Kyle Kramer (L) def. Joe Degraw 6-4, 6-1Garbo Lo (L) def. Kyle Spears 6-1, 6-0Suggs-Sloan (Y) def. Kramer-Few Moredock (L) 8-2Adams-Snipes (L) def. Mitesh Patel-Rick Carver 6-2, 6-4LHS 5 York 2Chris Suggs def. Logan Catoe (L) 6-3, 7-5Tyler Sloan def. Miller DeVenny (L) 6-4, 4-6, 8-10John Michael Catalano (L) def. Jensen Fish 6-4, 7-6Kyle Kramer (L) def. Kyle Spears 6-2, 6-2Garbo Lo (L) def. Mitesh Patel 4-6, 6-4, 10-4Garbo Lo-John Michael Catalano (L) def. Suggs-Sloan 8-5Devin Adams-Grayson Snipes (L) def. Nathan Patrick-Charlie Lawson 6-3, 6-2.