Two local soccer standouts concluded their excellent high school careers with a flourish over the weekend.
Hilton Head Island High School's Ashley and Amanda Green each excelled as members of the South Carolina all-stars in the annual Clash of the Carolinas in Charleston.
The event pits outstanding high school seniors from North and South Carolina against each other in an interstate battle for soccer bragging rights.
According to Hilton Head boys soccer coach Wayne Quinlan, attending the game in his final year as coordinator for the South Carolina side, the Green sisters made a significant impact in a narrow 2-1 defeat.
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The North Carolina squad "dominated" the proceedings, according to Quinlan, but with just 10 minutes to play, Ashley Green drew and then converted a penalty to draw South Carolina level. Ashley was later named the team's most valuable player.
They weren't able to hold off their opponents, but Quinlan believed the Greens were South Carolina's best players on the afternoon.
Ashley and Amanda Green were both Class 3-A all-state selections and were named to the Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette's all-area squad. They were each key members of coach Ernie Suozzi's four-time defending state champions, and will be attending Armstrong Atlantic this fall.
SEAHAWKS BOYS CROSS COUNTRY RANKED NATIONALLY
Long a traditional power, the Hilton Head Island boys cross country team is already the subject of some lofty expectations. Running website milesplit.com has listed the Seahawks as the nation's 39th-ranked squad heading into the fall season.
Hilton Head Island coach Bill Wrightson said a lot can change between now and the end of the season, but understands the expectations and believes his team is good enough to fulfill them.
"Certainly on paper, we look to be very good, Wrightson said. "You always worry about injuries and those unforeseen obstacles. But the boys are particularly deep."
Wrightson said he and his team are currently in North Carolina for a week of summer training. The coach believes he has a balanced group that will be able to cover up for any minor injuries.
Among the standouts, according to Wrightson, are senior Seamus Love, sophomore Ben Hilman, senior Cisco Ferre and senior Eladio Wilkinson.