High school soccer teams warming up for playoffs

mmccombs@islandpacket.comMay 5, 2014 

Hilton Head Prep opens the SCISAA boys soccer playoffs on Monday as a No. 1 seed.

In a twist, that means the Dolphins (10-7) will play their first game on the road.

Prep's opponent, Christian Academy (6-6) of Myrtle Beach, is more than 190 miles away, too far to travel by SCISAA's standards, meaning the schools had to select a neutral site.

That site is Beaufort Academy, just inside the 190-mile threshold.

Hilton Head Prep coach Matt Dakolios is less concerned about where he plays the 6 p.m. contest and more concerned about the opponent.

"They've beaten some good teams, Kings Academy from Florence, Trinity-Byrnes," Dakolios said Sunday. "They're good for a No. 4 seed. But all eight teams are right there. It's going to be tough."

Dakolios said it all comes down to taking advantage of its opportunities.

"At this point, the playoffs come down to who can finish," Dakolios said. "Both teams are likely to get five, six, seven chances. If you ca finish on half, we'll win. We need to control the ball, limit their opportunities and get as many as we can ourselves.

"If we see more of the ball, we need to be composed in the box so we can take advantage of as many chances as we can get.

Beaufort Academy opens on the road Monday, as well, playing at Northwood.

In the girls playoff bracket, No. 1 seed Beaufort Academy (13-1) hosts Palmetto Christian at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

"We're playing pretty well right now," Eagles coach David Byrne said. "The playoffs are a new season, We're excited and we need the competition, that's for sure."

Byrne's squad, 13-1 on the season, has exceeded the coach's expectations on defense, where it lost several players form last season's state championship team.

But Byrne knows the strength of his team is the midfield, led by Clemson signee Miranda Weslake, Mary Alice Strohmeyer and Allison Alvarez.

"If we can keep the ball pressed in their half of the field, our talent up front allows us to push it," Byrne said. "If we can control the midfield, we can be victorious.

"We're going to score goals, we just need to play defense."

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

Monday

BASEBALL

Class 3-A District 6

Hilton Head Island at Hartsville, 6 p.m.

Class 2-A District 5

Battery Creek at Barnwell/Wade Hampton, TBA

Class 1-A District 8

Hemingway at Whale Branch, 6 p.m.

SOFTBALL

Class 4-A District 5

Beaufort High at Lexington, 6:30 p.m.

Class 2-A District 5

Edisto at Battery Creek, 6:30 p.m.

Class 1-A District 8

Charleston Math & Science at Whale Branch, 6 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

SCISAA Class 1-A/2-A

(4) Beaufort Academy at (1) Northwood

(4) Christian Academy vs. (1) Hilton Head Prep at Beaufort Academy, 6 p.m.

Tuesday

GIRLS SOCCER

SCISAA Class 3-A

(4) Ben Lippen at (1) Hilton Head Christian, 4 p.m.

SCISAA Class 1-A/2-A

(4) Palmetto Christian at (1) Beaufort Academy, 7 p.m.

Wednesday

SOFTBALL

Class 4-A District 8

TBD at Bluffton, TBD

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