Beaufort Academy 4, King's Academy 3: Mary Keane and Miranda Weslake each scored a pair of goals Thursday to help the Beaufort Academy girls soccer team reach yet another SCISAA Class 2-A/1-A state championship game, as the Eagles held off King's Academy, 4-3.
"It was a good come-from-behind victory for us," Beaufort Academy coach David Byrne said. "We're definitely going to have to play better on Saturday."
By Byrne's count, the Beaufort Academy girls have played for the state title in 10 of his 11 years at the school. The Eagles last won the title in 2010, and have finished runner-up the past two seasons.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead in Thursday's semifinal, but went into halftime trailing 2-1.
Eighth-grader Hope Gray contributed two assists in the victory, and goalkeeper Brynna Ferry had 11 saves. Ferry was filling in for regular netminder Charlotte Delfosse, who was injured during warmups before the Eagles' last playoff game.
"Tough to step in to goalkeeper, especially in a playoff game, but she did a great job for us," Byrne said.
Byrne said that Delfosse will be a game-time decision for the state title match, which will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the College of Charleston.
Heathwood Hall 2, Hilton Head Christian 1: Hilton Head Christian's successful girls soccer season came to an end Thursday in the SCISAA Class 3-A semifinals in Columbia, as Heathwood Hall used a sturdy defense to take down the Eagles, 2-1.
Heathwood Hall took a 2-1 lead at halftime, and that was where the score stayed.
"It was honestly like a 50-50 game," Eagles coach Ben Gerdts said. "Both teams played super hard, they just played smarter than we did, more disciplined. At the same time, we had some chances."
"We would have possession inside their 18, but we just couldn't get the ball on our feet to take a shot," Gerdts added. "It was a little frustrating from that perspective."
Allison Meeder scored the only goal for Hilton Head Christian (18-6), which took large strides from last season's 9-10 record.
Heathwood Hall advances to Saturday's SCISAA championship match.
"All the props to them," Gerdts said. "They're a very well-coached team."
Academic Magnet 6, Battery Creek 0: The Dolphins made it as far as they ever have in the playoffs, reaching the second round for the first time, but perennial powerhouse Academic Magnet was too much for them to overcome.
"The season went about what we expected it to," Battery Creek coach John Perry said. "We would have loved to have gone further in the playoffs, but it just didn't happen.
"The kids gave me everything they had, we just fell short," Perry added.
Goalkeepers Miguel Mejia and Tristan Sanders combined for eight saves for Battery Creek (12-12).
The Dolphins will lose eight seniors from this year's team, but are hoping to reload.
"They're already recruiting their replacements for next year," Perry said.
Bishop England 3, Ridgeland-Hardeeville 0: Senior Mateo Gomez scored the first two goals of the match and freshman Tomas Cox added a goal in the final minutes as the Bishops (16-7-1) ended the season for the Jaguars (12-3) in the Class 2-A Lower State playoffs.
"We kept drilling it, drilling it and drilling it," Bishop England coach Ed Khouri said. "It was just one of those days. My hats off to them, we beat them 7-1 last week, but they came to play."