Warriors net Rose crown

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IL tops AJ; LHS third in tournament

By Eric Rowell




For the second time in three seasons, the Indian Land Warriors’ soccer team has captured the Rose City Classic.

The Warriors, who recently won the Cyclone Cup in Chester, captured the Rose City crown with a 5-2 win over county foe Andrew Jackson on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

The Warriors, after falling to AJ 2-1 on Thursday, reeled off three straight wins to become the first team in the tournament’s history to win for a second time. Indian Land captured its first tournament championship in 2009 at Andrew Jackson High School.

The three-day tournament features a traveling trophy, with the winner hosting the event the following season.

Coach Adam Cole’s Warriors, ranked No. 5 in the latest Class AA boys state poll, forged a 3-2 halftime lead and added two second-half goals to seal the victory.

Indian Land broke on top 1-0 as Nick Outen, on a Carson McGinn assist, tallied.

The No. 7 Volunteers, who went 2-2 after entering play Saturday with a 2-0 tourney mark, tied the match on an Oliver Wall goal on an assist from Luke Kennington midway the first half.

Andrew Jackson gained its only lead of the day as the Vols’ Frederik Pederson tallied off a Tyler Denkins’ corner kick for a 2-1 edge.

The Warriors answered with two goals to regain the advantage. Nick Outen, on a Nick Retter assist, scored to stalemate the match at 2-all.

Outen figured in the Warriors’ go-ahead goal as he assisted Will Medlock for a 3-2 IL edge.

“In our first game with Andrew Jackson on Thursday, we didn’t play our best match,”  Cole said. “We did a better job of passing and trapping the ball. Our three forwards worked well in the match and our defense was solid throughout the tournament.”

The Warriors tallied twice in the second half and held AJ scoreless to seal the win.

Indian Land struck in a hurry in the second half as two minutes into the half, Retter, from Outen, scored for a 4-2 lead. Outen, on a Retter assist, tallied to cap the IL scoring.

“This was our goal,” Cole said. “Our whole team worked hard to achieve this championship.”

AJ’s Marc Truesdale said the Warriors were strong in the midfield.

“They dominated us there and we didn’t have an answer,” he said. “It was a disappointment after we started the tournament with two straight wins.”

u Lancaster captured consolation honors as the Bruins, the defending champions, defeated Buford for the second time in the three-day tournament.

LHS notched a second straight shutout of the Jackets, posting a 4-0 win.

The Bruins blanked Buford 5-0 to launch their tournament run on Thursday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

Lancaster scored two goals in each half on the way to the victory.

Anzelmo Zamora, who had a solid tournament, gave the Bruins the only goal they would need as he scored off a Jaden Driggers’ corner kick.

Kola George put the Bruins up, 2-0 as he tallied off a Driggers’ throw-in.

Lancaster upped its lead to 3-0 as Daniel Arroyo scored for the Bruins.

Freshman midfielder Cole Cnesich tallied off an assist from Chad Kizer to lift LHS to the 4-0 win.

LHS coach Bo Sylvia said he was pleased with his team’s results.

“We improved in all levels of our game,” Sylvia said. “The tournament allowed us to be creative with our offense and bond together as a team.

“The Andrew Jackson win on Saturday was very inspiring and won from the heart,” Sylvia said.