Whitesides to play in Clash of the Carolinas

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LHS player first chosen for all-star soccer match

By Robert Howey

Lancaster High School girls soccer star Frances Whitesides has been a key part of Lady Bruins’ soccer history in her prep career.
In her final match as a high school soccer player, Whitesides will make more LHS soccer history as the first Lady Bruins’ player to play in the Clash of the Carolinas soccer match Saturday, July 12.
The Clash of the Carolinas, an elite all-star contest, features the top senior soccer players in North and South Carolina.
Whitesides, a standout striker-midfielder at LHS, will play in the eighth annual Clash of the Carolinas girls soccer match at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island in Charleston.
Whitesides, who signed to play with Presbyterian College in February, capped her stellar Lady Bruins’ soccer career with a banner senior season.
She scored 30 goals and assisted on 16 others to boost the Lady Bruins to a Region III-AAAA runner-up finish last spring and a home playoff match.
She was a driving force in helping the Lancaster High girls post their first-ever playoff win last spring when LHS edged Riverside High School of Greer, 1-0, at Memorial Stadium.
Some 15 minutes into the match, Whitesides, on an assist from Hayden Thorne, tallied from 20 yards out for the lone goal in the match.
The Lady Bruins finished with a 16-7 record and a No. 15 state ranking under LHS coach Ed Humphrey, who earned the Region III-AAAA Coach of the Year.
“Frances played a major role in our success this season and I was elated she was selected to the Clash of the Carolinas,” Humphrey said. “That’s quite an honor, but she is most deserving of the selection to this match of the top Carolinas girls soccer players. Frances has been a mainstay in our girls soccer program throughout her career.
“Frances is a very competitive player, as she demonstrated throughout her career at Lancaster High.
“I know she will go and compete well at the Clash,” Humphrey said. “She will do a good job in representing our soccer program, athletic department, school and community.”
In her high school career, Whitesides tallied 90 goals and posted 62 assists.
She was the Lady Bruins soccer MVP for four straight seasons and was named to the all-region team for four consecutive years. She also garnered Class AAAA all-state soccer honors.
The North Carolina girls hold a 5-1-1 edge in the series after the 2013 Clash match ended in a 3-all draw. The South Carolina all-stars, who haven’t won in four years, rallied from a 2-0 deficit to earn the draw last summer.
The South Carolina girls co-coaches for the 2014 Clash are Josef Lorenz of Dorman and Bishop England’s Dave Snyder.
ILHS player in North-South match

Earlier this summer, Indian Land High senior soccer star Shalyn Dougherty, the Class A-AA girls soccer player of the year, played for the North squad in the annual North-South All-Star soccer match at Blackbaud Stadium.
Dougherty, a three-time all-state selection, tallied 128 goals and had 32 assists in her Lady Warriors’ soccer career.
She has signed to play soccer at Limestone College.

Contact sports editor Robert Howey at (803) 283-1157.