Hilton Head Christian 3, Hammond 2: Audrey Bensch and Nicole Sicilia staked the Eagles to a 2-0 lead, Hannah Reynolds scored the eventual game-winner in the 72nd minute and fourth-seeded Hilton Head Christian notched a SCISAA Class 3-A playoff upset despite playing the final 20 minutes a player down, following a red card for a hand ball in the box.
Bensch opened the scoring for the Eagles in the 25th minute, with Sicilia picking up the assist. Sicilia made it 2-0, converting a header on a corner kick 10 minutes later.
Caroline Besley cut Hammond's deficit in half before Reynolds restored the Eagles' two-goal advantage. Bensch notched the assist.
Emily Bakhaus got top-seeded Hammond to within one with a goal in the 76th minute, but Hilton Head Christian goalkeeper Ashley Donaldson shut the door the rest of the way. Donaldson finished with three saves, including a key stop on a penalty kick in the second half.
"It was an outstanding effort," second-year Eagles coach Ben Gerdts said. "We're happy to be in the semifinals."
Hilton Head Christian, which had 10 shots to Hammond's five, will play at Porter-Gaud at 5 p.m. Thursday in the SCISAA Class 3-A semifinals. The state championship will be at 4:30 p.m. Saturday in Columbia.
Class 3-A Lower State tournament: The Hilton Head Island High School and Bluffton boys golf teams both played well in the 14-team tournament held Monday at Myrtle Beach's International Club.
Hilton Head High finished just three shots behind the winner, A.C. Flora, in a tie for second place with a team score of 315. Bluffton wasn't very far behind, finishing with a score of 324.
Playing for Hilton Head High were Gavin Linstrom, Chris O'Donnell, Brooks Moody, Troy Hoisington and Andrew Orischak. Bluffton's golfers were Seth Kombrink, Pierce Brehany, Elliott Johnson, Alex Weary and Wesley Long.
Both the Seahawks and Bobcats finished in the top eight, qualifying them for next week's Class 3-A state championships, which will be held at Coastal Carolina University on Monday and Tuesday.