Hilton Head Island High girls soccer team eyes final leg of title defense

mmccombs@islandpacket.comMay 6, 2013 

As the high school baseball, softball and boys tennis playoffs continue this week, prep soccer playoffs get underway today.

Hilton Head Island High's girls team opens its final season in a quest for its third straight Class 3-A championship. Coach Ernie Suozzi said the Seahawks separate their year into three seasons: preseason, regular season and postseason.

Suozzi is wary of Hilton Head Island's opponent, Gilbert.

"Coming out of that region, it's a tough region, no matter what their seeding is," Suozzi said. "We've just got to play our game. We've just got to make sure we keep our focus."

Also in girls soccer, Beaufort High (4-A) and Battery Creek (2-A) open the playoffs at home.

In boys soccer, Beaufort Academy (SCISAA 2-A/1-A) open the playoffs at home while Hilton Head Prep (SCISAA 3-A) and Hilton Head Christian (SCISAA 2-A/1-A) open in the road.

In softball, Bluffton hosts Summerville in the winner's bracket in the Class 4-A Lower State playoffs after a 6-1 win over White Knoll on Saturday.

In baseball, Beaufort High faces elimination against Sumter in the Class 4-A Lower State playoffs after losing 8-0 at Lexington on Saturday.

Hilton Head Island High will host Gilbert in a Class 3-A Lower State tennis playoff match originally scheduled for Thursday.

Monday's Playoff Schedule

Baseball

Class 4-A: Sumter at Beaufort High, 7 p.m.

Boys soccer

SCISAA Class 3-A: Hilton Head Prep at Cardinal Newman, 6 p.m.

SCISAA Class 2-A/1-A: Hilton Head Christian at Northwood Academy

SCISAA Class 2-A/1-A: Trinity-Byrnes at Beaufort Academy

Girls soccer

Class 4-A: Stratford at Beaufort High, 7 p.m.

Class 3-A: Gilbert at Hilton Head Island, 6 p.m.

Class 2-A: Timberland at Battery Creek

Softball

Class 4-A: Summerville at Bluffton, 6:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

Class 3-A: Gilbert at Hilton Head Island, 4 p.m.

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