High School Soccer

Hilton Head High girls show off new lineup to Bluffton in 11-0 win

Seahawks showing girls soccer program remains powerful

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.comMarch 12, 2014 

Amanda Green, Ashley Green, Claudia Murphy and Estelle Murphy trotted off the field Tuesday to high-fives as four fresh players replaced them.

With more than 25 minutes remaining in the Hilton Head Island High School girls soccer team's match at Bluffton High School on Monday, the bulk substitution represented a cease fire.

The Seahawks graduated 12 players from a team that won a third consecutive Class 3-A girls soccer championship. Five of those signed to play at the NCAA Division I level.

Hilton Head High starts its quest for four hoping to prove the firepower is still there. It showed off its quick-strike capability during an 11-0 victory over the rival Bobcats.

The Seahawks improved to 3-1 after dropping a game to Spring Valley during the Viking Cup in Columbia.

"We have a lot of tough teams we're going to play over spring break and stuff, and everyone wants to beat us," said Amanda Green, a senior who with her twin sister scored a goal during the state championship game last season. "So there's a lot of pressure."

Amanda Green, Estelle Murphy and Brennan O'Gorman each scored two goals for Hilton Head High on Tuesday.

Bluffton coach Mike Manning said these Seahawks worked quicker Tuesday than he remembered from years past. Hilton Head High players ran to grab balls out of bounds and throw the ball in quickly, eyes up field.

Manning's statistics had Hilton Head High completing 125 passes during he game. He guessed the Seahawks probably approached that number during a half in previous years using a more methodical approach.

"They can run by teams, and they will, like they did tonight," Manning said.

Four seniors are among those back for Hilton Head High, including the Greens. Amanda plays up and Ashley in the midfield.

The sisters are headed to Armstrong Atlantic, and Seahawks coach Ernie Suozzi joked Tuesday that he was thinking of ways to hold them back another season.

They have help from a younger crowd. Estelle Murphy, a freshman, scored six of Hilton Head High's 14 goals during the Viking Cup.

She added two more Tuesday -- one cleaning up a rebound in the 22nd minute to get Hilton Head High on the board and the other a header following a corner kick during the second half.

"She's doing a great job of finishing," Suozzi said. "She's very tough."

Manning was encouraged by the play of freshman goalkeeper Ashlynn Harris, who held off the Seahawks' attack for more than 20 minutes.

Another Bobcats freshman, Jaelyn Gadson, earned praise from Manning for her dynamic play early in the season. Gadson scored two goals in the final 15 minutes to help Bluffton defeat North Myrtle Beach 4-3.

"She's added a lot of team speed," Manning said. "She gives us a different dynamic up front."

Hilton Head High 11, Bluffton 0

Goals-- Hilton Head High: Estelle Murphy (22nd minute, 53rd), Claudia Murphy (27th), Lexi Lainhart (33rd, 61st), Brennan O'Gorman (36th, 77th), Amanda Green (44th, 49th), Ashley Green (45th), Celia Balfour (75th)

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