Hilton Head Island High to welcome foes for soccer playoffs

mmccombs@islandpacket.comMay 10, 2014 

Hilton Head Island's Ashley Green, left, and James Island's Amanda Simmons fight for possession of the ball during a game at Hilton Head Island High School on Hilton Head Island.

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The S.C. High School League boys and girls soccer playoff pairings were released Friday and eight area teams, four boys and four girls teams, made the postseason.

The Hilton Head Island High boys and girls squads, both Class 3-A defending champions, are the only area teams to open the playoffs at home.

The girls team hosts Socastee at 5:30 p.m. Monday, while Wayne Quinlan's boys squad hosts St. James at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

"I know nothing about St. James," Quinlan said, "but I'm trying to find out something between now and Tuesday."

Quinlan said the Seahawks will have tough playoff road. Should they win Tuesday, it's likely every game would be on the road and Hilton Head Island would have to go through Brookland-Cayce in the second round.

"My team doesn't have any experience with them, but I have lot of experience as a coach with them," Quinlan said. "It's one of the toughest places in South Carolina to play. It's a tight-knit community, a soccer community. Students and parents will show up for their game.

"It'll be a good, hostile environment."

Complete area playoff pairings:

GIRLS

Class 2-A: (9) Battery Creek at Marion, Monday

Class 3-A: (4) Socastee at Hilton Head Island, Monday

Class 4-A: (3) Beaufort at West Ashley, Monday

Class 4-A: (4) Bluffton at (1) Wando, Monday

BOYS

Class 1-A: (8) Whale Branch at (1) Blackville-Hilda, Tuesday

Class 2-A: (13) Ridgeland-Hardeeville at (4) Bishop England, Tuesday

Class 3-A: (3) St. James at (2) Hilton Head Island, 6 p.m. Tuesday

Class 4-A: (3) Bluffton at (2) Stratford, Tuesday

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