Hilton Head Island High's passes were crisp. Seahawks left the ball in just the right place for their teammates and Battery Creek's defenders seemed to be half a step slow.
Back-to-back games will do that to you.
Eventually, the Seahawks proved too much and Hilton Head Island went on to defeat Battery Creek, 4-1, Sunday and advance to the championship game of the Beaufort Cup.
The Seahawks (2-0) will face Beaufort High, which won twice in Beaufort, in the championship game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Hilton Head island.
"At times, the ball was moving around really well," Hilton Head Island coach Wayne Quinlan said. "And given these field conditions, that wasn't easy to do. The tandem of Chip (Tremarelli) and Steven (Rendon) showed flashes of brilliance, but you just can't do it four or five times a game."
But this time, four or five times was enough.
Eliot McPherson broke the ice for Hilton Head High after the Seahawks had several opportunities. McPherson found the left side of the net on a shot across the box from the top right side in the 11th minute.
Not long afterward, in the 17th minute, Tremarelli scored the Seahawks' second goal.
Battery Creek cut the Seahawks' lead in half in the 31st minute when Jonathan Saullo took advantage of Matt Strever getting tied up with Seahawks goalkeeper Conner Goulet away from the goal and filled an empty net.
But the Seahawks came right out in the second half and pushed the lead back to two. In the 50th minute, Rendon got the ball to Tremarelli in the middle of the box, and he sent it home.
Then, at the 56-minute mark, Rendon scored a goal of his own when Dolphins goalkeeper Miguek Mejia came out to meet him at the top left corner of the box. Rendon beat Mejia and rolled the ball in to close the scoring at 4-1.
"I'm really starting to feel good about my guys up front," Quinlan said.
Battery Creek's performance was admirable given that the Dolphins had dropped a 2-1 game, decided on penalty kicks to Bluffton just an hour before the Hilton Head Island contest.
"It's tough," Battery Creek assistant Enrique Diaz said. "We left everything we had on the field in that first game against Bluffton."
The Dolphins frustrated Bluffton, taking a 1-0 lead on Kevin Diaz's goal and dropping 10 men on defense in an effort to hold off the Bobcats (1-1).
But Bluffton's William Holland scored on a corner kick that sneaked in untouched and, after two scoreless overtimes, won 3-1 on penalty kicks.
"He wasn't trying to score," Bluffton coach Josh Fox said. "But it got in there and it counts and it's our first win of the year and I'll take it."
Hilton Head Island 4, Battery Creek 1
HHH 2 2 -- 4
BC 1 0 -- 1
Goals: HHH -- Eliot McPherson, Steven Rendon, Chip Tremarelli 2.
Bluffton 2, Battery Creek 1, PK
Battery Creek 1 0 0 0 -- 1
Bluffton 0 1 0 0 -- 1
Goals: BC -- Kevin Diaz. Bluffton -- William Holland
Penalty kicks: BC -- Oscar Tearrablanca. Bluffton -- Jose Ceron, Julio Lopez, Sage Cross.
Beaufort High 3, Beaufort Academy 0: Josh Vellucci scored twice and Christian Campbell added a score as Beaufort High earned its fist victory of the season and evened Beaufort Academy's record at 1-1.
Beaufort High 15, Whale Branch 0: Vellucci added four goals to his early season tally, while Noe Caballero and Brandon Rodriguez each added a hat trick for the Eagles (2-0). Samtee Rabon had two goals, as well. Whale Branch fell to 0-2.