3-A girls soccer playoffs: Hilton Head Island rolls over Myrtle Beach 5-0 on the road

The Myrtle Beach Sun NewsMay 17, 2014 

The Myrtle Beach girls soccer team met its match on Friday.

It came against a team that has done the same to all of Class 3-A the last three-plus seasons.

Three-time defending champion Hilton Head Island went into halftime with a four-goal lead and came away with a 5-0 victory over Myrtle Beach on the road to reach the Class 3-A Lower State finals.

Hilton Head had five different players score, with Esther Anderson, Claudia Murphy, Estelle Murphy, Amanda Green and Ashley Green picking up one goal apiece.

"Our fitness is critical to our success," Hilton Head Island coach Ernie Suozzi said. "These girls are very good friends on and off the field. It's a very non-selfish group, as you can tell, with five goals by five different players. They're very unselfish and they don't care who scores as long as we're moving on. It's just a very positive group."

Down 4-0 at halftime, Myrtle Beach coach Mary Jo Hajek said she tried to keep her team morale high.

"They were down a little bit (at halftime), but we tried to keep them up," Hajek said. "I told them the game isn't over. We've scored four goals in a half before. The wind was at our back, and the sun was in their keeper's eyes so we thought that would play to our advantage, but it didn't."

For Hilton Head Island, it was another win over a quality team as it moves one step closer to a fourth straight state title.

"Myrtle Beach fought hard. They are a good team and they have a lot of seniors. They have a lot of experience, it's a quality team and they always kept fighting, "Suozzi. "We were just able to keep our composure. We knew they would come after us and you like that in the playoffs. (Hajek) does a good job over there, and I wish them the best."

Now, the Seahawks are just two wins short of adding another state championship ring.

"(We want) to do it again. The seniors on this team have been there and we need their leadership," he said. "The girls that are young played nervous and didn't play their best game but the other girls rallied behind them. You can't be on top of your game every time you're out there, but we have girls that stick together. We just need to persevere through things."

And it all starts with defense, Suozzi said.

"Our defense played an outstanding game for us and that triggers our offense," he said. "Let's keep it going."

"Obviously it's a tough loss," Hajek said Myrtle Beach coach Mary Jo Hajek, whose team lost to the same squad 5-0 in the second round last season. "(Hilton Head Island was) the better team tonight, there's no doubt about it. They put five goals on the board and they're very strong. We just didn't play up to our potential tonight so they were the better team.

"(Hilton Head Island plays its) formation exactly the way it should be played. They know where each other are, they play each other the ball and they're really fast. When you play a formation in the correct way it's very hard to stop."

Hilton Head Island 5, Myrtle Beach 0

HHH 4 1 -- 5

MB 0 0 -- 0

Goals: Hilton Head Island -- Esther Anderson, Claudia Murphy, Estelle Murphy, Amanda Green, Ashley Green.

Goalkeepers: Myrtle Beach -- Gabby Moore (N/A). Hilton Head Island -- Sam Wammock (1).

Records: Myrtle Beach 17-2, Hilton Head Island 20-2

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