Prep roundup, May 8: Beaufort Academy, Hilton Head Christian reach girls soccer state championship

sports@islandpacket.comMay 9, 2014 


Beaufort Academy shut out Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach on Thursday in Beaufort to advance to the SCISAA Class 1-A/2-A state championship game on Saturday at Heathwood Hall in Columbia.

The Eagles (14-1) will face the winner of Oakbrook Prep and Kings Academy.

Senior Miranda Weslake opened the scoring for the Eagles about four minutes into the game.

BA coach David Byrne said his seniors, Weslake in particular, were super on Thursday night.

"Defensively, she was just amazing," Byrne said. "It seemed like every time the other team had a corner, she was there heading it out defensively."

Byrne had similar praise for senior goalkeeper Carli Cline.

"She had an amazing game," he said. "She stopped a breakaway early in the half, had a key save in the second half too, and finished with 14 saves."

Mary Keane scored the Eagles' second goal late in the first half.

"I feel like we're peaking at the right time," Byrnes said. "They're playing really well. We're asking players like Mary Alice Strohmayer to play a more defensive role. She was outstanding today, she really frustrated their best player."

Hilton Head Christian 3, Heathwood Hall 1: The Eagles (15-4) secured their first trip to the state championship as a Class 3-A squad.

Hannah Reynolds opened the scoring for HHCA on a header from Lindsey Gillis at the 10-minute mark. Heathwood Hall answered 10 minutes into the second on Erin Ress' 97th career goal for the school.

With 7 1/2 minutes remaining, Allison Meeder regained the lead on a penalty kick after Kellee Vest was fouled in the box. The final goal came in stoppage time after Alyssa Lane scored from 20 to 25 yards out.

Heathwood Hall's All-State star Katie Bell was defended well all night by Meeder/


Hilton Head Island High 6, Brookland-Cayce 0: The Seahawks advanced to the third round of the Class 3-A playoffs with the sweep.

Hilton Head High will play at Socastee on Monday.

Singles: No. 1 --Tate Steinour def. Christopher Branch 6-0, 6-1; No. 2 -- Mitchell Brockman def. Clayton Schiller 6-0, 6-0; No. 3 -- Matt Oliver def. Cal Dalcina 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 -- Will Danzel def. Cutler Fitgerald 6-0, 6-0; No. 5 -- Steve DeVincentis def. Logan Corley 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: No. 2 -- Brad Malool/Ian Schenkel def. Lawson-Gilles/JT. Peagler 6-1, 6-0.

South Aiken 4, Bluffton 2: The Bluffton High School boys tennis team's playoff run came to an end Thursday as the Bobcats were tripped up by two-time defending state champion South Aiken.

Bluffton dropped the second-round match 4-2, but head coach Bob Brown said his team was happy to hang in with such a good team on the road.

"We're thrilled," Brown said. "We asked our guys to leave it all on the court. We fought as hard as we could. I think we shocked them a little bit with how hard we played."

Singles: No. 1 -- Aaron Newland (B) d Stefan Zotovik (SA) 7-5, 6-4; No. 2 -- Preston Tiffany (SA) d Richard Snyder (B) 6-3, 7-6; No. 3 -- Davis Rosenblum (B) d Petar Zotovik (SA) 7-6, 6-1; No. 4 -- Jonny Bowman (SA) d. Morgan Philoxene (B) 6-2, 6-0; No. 5 -- Marco Zotovik (SA) d. Matthew Bornstein (B) 6-2, 6-4.

Doubles: No. 2 -- Zach Thatcher/Matthew Willis (SA) d. Dakota Story/Matthew Ball (B) 2-6, 7-6, 8-10

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