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Second-seeded Indian Land was impressive in its Class AA Upper State playoff opener, rolling to a 6-1 win over Strom Thurmond High School on Tuesday night.
Nick Retter paced the Warriors with three goals and an assist. Nick Outen tallied a goal and added an assist for Indian Land.
Jace Cooney and Trevor Hoxworth each tallied a goal. Hoxworth added an assist.
Michael Rodriguez, Chad Thomas and Carson McGinn each had an assist.
Indian Land, which won the Conference IV-AA title, bolted to a 5-0 halftime lead.
“We played extremely well to start the game,” Indian Land coach Adam Cole said. “We came out and struck fast offensively, which gave us the opportunity to get reserves in the game and rest the starters.
“We moved the ball well in the first half and made some great passes up top to get through the ST defense. We had a lot of shots on frame, and very few shots missing the goal.”
Warriors’ keepers Hoxworth and Jake Barton combined to limit ST to one goal.
Cole said the Warriors were flat in the second half.
“We came out flat and overconfident,” he said. “We never really found our groove and ST capitalized off a defensive mix-up.
“This was a good, solid win for us. We know we have the talent to go far and hope to continue our success in the upcoming playoff games,” Cole said.
Indian Land, 18-4, hosted Broome on Thursday.
Volunteers top Jackets
Andrew Jackson advanced in the Class AA Upper State soccer playoffs, downing county rival Buford, 1-0 on Tuesday night.
AJ captain Jonathan Ussery scored on a header off an assist from Kevin Hunter in the 36th minute of the opening half.
Daniel Stover posted the shutout for the 12-10 Vols.
AJ coach Marc Truesdale saluted Luke Kennington and Fred Pederson for their defensive play in the win over the rival Jackets.
“I was happy we scored that early goal,” Truesdale said. “Buford played hard and we knew they would.”
BHS junior keeper Matt Ellis had a solid game at the net for the Jackets with 10 saves in each half.
Buford High School coach Allen Rogers also saluted the play of Josh Roach, Erica Powers, Jonathan Soliman and Jonathan Knight.
“We played hard and clean and made it a tough match,” Rogers said. “We had a good season and we appreciate the support of our fans.”
The Jackets finished the season with a 6-11 mark. AJ visited Emerald, 16-4, for a second-round match Thursday.
Lady Vols fall
The Andrew Jackson Lady Volunteers saw their Class AA hopes end with an 8-0 road loss to Woodruff on Wednesday.
The Lady Wolverines, 17-5-1, forged a 4-0 halftime lead on the way to the win.
AJ finished the season at 10-8.
The Lady Vols opened the playoffs with a 1-0 home win over Broome.
Andrew Jackson’s Jordan Truesdale came up with a timely goal to lift the Lady Volunteers to the 1-0 win over Broome.
Truesdale, in the first half, drilled her first goal of the season and the AJ defense protected the lead for the Class AA Upper State opening round playoff soccer victory.
Senior keeper Rebecca Johnson paced the Lady Vols’ defense, posting the shutout with nine saves at the net.
The Indian Land girls, which finished 11-6-1, dropped a 3-1 loss to Emerald of Greenwood in the opening round of the Class AA Upper State playoffs on Monday.
Shalyn Doughery tallied the IL goal. Kaitlin Lusk made six saves at the net.
Lancaster High also fell in its Class AAAA Upstate playoff opener, dropping a 4-0 loss to Irmo.