High School Sports

Hilton Head High, Hardeeville boys continue quest for soccer titles today

The Hilton Head Island High School boys soccer team has a chance to even the score tonight. With the girls team.

The Seahawks host Chapin at 7 tonight in a Class 3-A playoff game with a trip to the Lower State Championship on the line. Hilton Head High's girls secured their spot in the Lower State final on Friday night with a 5-1 win at St. James.

Also tonight, Hardeeville plays at 5 p.m. at the Governor's School in Hartsville for a spot in the Class 1-A Lower State Championship.

Hilton Head High boys coach Wayne Quinlan says the Seahawks are facing a team riding high.

"They beat good teams," Quinlan said. "That's an impressive victory right there, winning at Myrtle Beach, the No. 1 seed in the Lower State. I told the team, 'Remember when we beat Cardinal-Newman? Well, that's how Chapin feels right now.' They're hitting their stride at the right time."

The Seahawks (15-3) learned Friday that senior defender Bennett Murphy will be able to play in tonight's contest. Normally, after receiving a red card Thursday, he would have to sit the next game.

But Hilton Head High sent video to the S.C. High School League, and the suspension was lifted.

"In their opinion, what took place between him and the A.C. Flora goalkeeper did not warrant a suspension," Quinlan said. "He was walking, then jogging, then running away from the situation. Sometimes, referees get things wrong. Luckily, there's a mechanism in place to correct mistakes."

Quinlan said the Seahawks don't get a lot of practice before each big game in the playoffs, with teams playing every other day.

"At this point, you get what you get," Quinlan said. "We need to focus on the recovery of our players between games. One day of rest between games. That's tough on these kids.

"This far in, there's not a whole lot of coaching going on. You make calls, you send emails, you try and give your players any nugget of information that might help them. And then it's up to the kids."

For Hardeeville coach Todd Roberson, distance and experience are his two main concerns.

"I think it's an even contest," Roberson said of the match with Governor's School. "If there's an edge I'll give to them it's that they're at home and we have a four-hour bus ride.

"And they have more seniors, more experience. I wonder how our kids are going to perform at this level."

Roberson said the Hurricanes (9-4) will try to arrive early, giving his players time to rest.

"We just have to play our game," Roberson said. "We have an explosive attack, a lot of guys who can score. We just have to capitalize on any opportunities that present themselves."


The Beaufort Academy girls soccer team plays in the SCISAA Class 1-A/2-A championship match at 11:30 a.m. today. The Eagles will be facing Oakbrook Prep at Stone Stadium in Columbia.