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INDIAN LAND – Fifth-ranked Indian Land earned a bid to the finals of the Rose City soccer tournament with a pair of wins at IL’s Warrior Stadium.
IL made the most of a first half goal in a 1-0 win over Lancaster on Thursday and then downed Buford 5-2.
The Warriors, the Class AA Upper State runner-up last season, built a 5-1 lead on the way to the victory over the Jackets on Friday night.
Nick Outen, off an Eric Sandor assist, took a 1-0 lead on the Jackets. Outen extended the Warriors’ lead to 2-0 as he scored on a penalty kick.
The Jackets sliced the Indian Land lead in half as Andrew Arioli scored on a header off a throw-in from Tyler Jenkins.
The Warriors answered as Anthony Cutrone scored off a Nick Retter assist for a 3-1 lead.
Jordan Szustwal gave the Warriors a 4-1 lead as he scored off an assist from Carson McGinn. Retter tallied off an assist from Outen for a 5-1 IL edge.
Josh Roach scored for the Jackets to make it 5-2, but the Warriors kept the upper hand for the win.
“I’m pleased with how we have played in our two matches,” IL coach Adam Cole said. “We’re getting a lot of shots on goal and I feel our offense is executing.”
Cole said he was expecting a tough match for the title on Saturday afternoon.
Lancaster and Buford met in a match to decide which team would move on to the finals.
The Saturday matches were completed after the deadline for the Sunday sports pages in The Lancaster News.
See the Wednesday paper for a complete report.
Indian Land opened play with a 1-0 win over the Bruins.
Nick Outen, off a Nick Retter assist, for the lone goal in the match. Trevor Hoxworth notched the shutout at the net for the Warriors.
Bruins’ senior keeper Matthew Johnston paced the Lancster effort, makng several key saves Lancaster in the hard-fought match. begins here
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