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The Indian Land Warriors’ soccer strategy worked like a charm.
IL, 19-4, bolted to a 3-0 halftime lead on the way to a 3-2 win over Broome on Thursday night.
“We knew Broome was a second-half team and it was important for us to get the early lead and stay on top,” Indian Land coach Adam Cole said.
Just before the half, Nick Outen converted on a penalty kick for a 3-0 lead at the half.
Outen, off a Nick Retter assist, had given the Warriors a 1-0 edge. Indian Land, the second seed in the Class AA Upper State field, took a 2-0 lead as Will Medlock tallied off an assist from Chad Thomas.
Then, right before intermission, Outen scored off the penalty kick for a 3-0 IL spread.
Back came Broome as the Centurions scored twice to slice the Indian Land edge to 3-2.
Outen scored a fourth IL goal, but it was nullified by a hand ball.
“We’re playing well, but we just have to finish,” Cole said.
Indian Land hosted Emerald of Greenwood which posted a 4-0 home win over Andrew Jackson in second-round play.
The loss ended AJ’s season at 12-11 under second-year coach Marc Truesdale. AJ opened the playoffs with a 1-0 home win over county rival Buford on
Tuesday. Indian Land launched its postseason run, posting a 6-1 home win over Strom Thurmond High School on Tuesday.
The Warriors forged a 5-0 halftime lead on the way to the win over STHS.
Indian Land earned its bid to the Class AA Upper State playoffs, capturing the Region IV-AA title with a 1-0 win over AJ at Buford High School on May 5.
Vols fall to Emerald
The Andrew Jackson High boys soccer team took the long trip over to Greenwood for a Class AA Upper State playoff second round soccer match Thursday.
The contest was a disappointing outcome for the Vols as they were defeated by the third seeded Emerald Vikings, 4-0. Emerald scored two goals early and added two more later in the match.
AJ coach Marc Truesdale said he was impressed with the Emerald team and that perhaps they were the best team the Vols had faced this season.
Truesdale noted he would miss the Vols players who completed their eligibility.
“I’m going to miss the seniors Oliver Wall, Kevin Hunter, Raheem Hughes as well as the exchange students, Fred Pedersen and Oleg Nesterov,” Truesdale said. “They were all great kids.”
AJ finished the season, going 1-1 in the playoffs.
Emerald, 17-4, faced second-seeded Indian Land on Saturday at IL’s Reservation.
The afternoon match was completed after the deadline for The News’ Sunday edition. The winner of the AJ vs. Emerald match will face the winner of the Gilbert vs. Batesburg-Leesville match on Tuesday.
The winner of the Upstate title plays for the state crown on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Columbia.