High School Soccer

Hilton Head High boys fight off Brookland-Cayce, reach Lower State soccer final

mmccombs@islandpacket.comMay 12, 2013 

While celebration was in order following Hilton Head Island High School's 2-1 win over Brookland-Cayce on Saturday night to advance to the Class 3-A Lower State final, Seahawks boys soccer coach Wayne Quinlan wasn't necessarily ready to celebrate.

"Never again!" Quinlan could be heard shouting to the Seahawks (20-4) during their postgame gathering on the field.

"B-C was the more-motivated, harder-working team, and I was angry about it at halftime," Quinlan said. "We can't let them work harder. We can't ever let that happen again. We're not good enough to let them outwork us."

The Bearcats (21-4) were beating the Seahawks on second balls and 50-50 balls.

"That's where even games are won," Quinlan said. "Credit to B-C, though. That's your typical B-C side, one of the hardest-working teams in the state."

If the Seahawks were getting outworked, Chip Tremarelli did a good job of disguising it.

The senior forward followed up his incredible five-goal performance against Myrtle Beach on Thursday by scoring both the Seahawks' goals Saturday, one at the 11-minute mark and the other 45 minutes in.

"A lot of the real credit goes to our defense," Tremarelli said. "I just try to do my job and score when it comes to me."

His first-half goal came when he took a pass down the line and took it inside, getting what he called a "lucky" bounce off a defender.

The second goal came off an assist by Josh Mousseau and went between the Brookland-Cayce goalkeeper's legs.

"A great assist," Tremarelli said. "I just ran as hard as I could and tried to get a foot on it and I did."

The Bearcats' Tyler Brazell scored on a penalty kick late in the second half to cut the lead to one, but B-C couldn't score the equalizer.

Tremarelli has scored nine of the Seahawks' 12 goals over the past three games.

"I don't care who scores them," Quinlan said, "as long as we are on the high side of the scoreboard."

Even Quinlan cracked a smile on the sideline as members of the Hilton Head Island High student body shouted Tremarelli's praises -- in the form of soccer proverbs -- during a brief second-half breather for the forward.

"I don't know how he does what he does," Quinlan said. "Sometimes he finds another gear. Sometimes, watching him, I think he's not working hard enough. And then, out of nowhere, he scores another goal. Everybody's known that he's our guy for a couple of games now, and they still can't stop him."

The next test for Tremarelli and the Seahawks will come in the Lower State championship Tuesday evening at Hilton Head Island. Hilton Head High will host Socastee (20-2), a 5-1 winner over Hartsville on Saturday.

"This team is high on faith and team," Quinlan said. "They've got both feet on the ground and they're not playing for themselves, they're playing for each other."

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