Erin Ress took care of the scoring and Grace Smith posted a shutout in the nets as Heathwood Hall scored a decisive 3-0 win over defending SCISA state champion Cardinal Newman on Tuesday at George Watson Field.
The second-ranked Highlanders improved to 7-0 overall, 2-0 in SCISA Region 1-3A, and have out-scored the opposition 48-2 to date. Smith has five shutouts on the books. No. 1 Cardinal Newman fell to 7-3-1, 3-1.
A few miles away at Heathwood Hall, the Cardinal Newman boys rolled to a 10-0 win over the Highlanders. Koty Millard and Harrison Lapin tallied two goals apiece for the Cards (8-4-1, 5-0). It was the first loss in five outings this season for the Highlanders.
In other soccer items of note on Tuesday:
Drehers boys took over sole possession of first place in Region 4-3A with a 2-1 shootout win over second-place Chapin in a showdown between two top 10 at Memorial Stadium Tyler Sandifer scored the Blue Devils only goal off an assist by Evan Phillips, but it all came down to successful penalty kicks in the shootout by Winter Sharpe, Thomas ONeill and Aaron Brady Jonah Whitehurst had Chapins regular goal, and Cameron Whitehurst and Tuerner Bonham had successful PK conversions Dreher, ranked seventh in Class 3A, improved to 8-2 overall, 4-0 in conference, while Chapin dropped to 5-4-1, 3-1.
Brookland-Cayces sixth-ranked boys opened Region 5-3A play with a rousing 7-1 win over Strom Thurmond behind a hat trick by Herbert Cojulun and two goals by Tyler Brazell. Cojulun also had an assists. He Bearcats were so dominant that the visiting Rebels did not have a single shot on goal that required a save by B-C keepers Grant Strickland and Edwin Taylor.
Vastly improved Richland Northeast upped its record to 6-3 overall, 2-1 in Region 4-4A boys action with a 3-2 win over Lugoff-Elgin. Donovan Waddell opened the scoring in the first minute and tallied the game winner in the 79th minute. Javany Hyde also scored for the Cavaliers, who managed just one win last season Deuce Brown and Lucas Gold had the goals for L-E (1-4, 0-3).
Savannah Purvis, Yinka Ladapo, Kiley King did the scoring as the sixth-ranked Blythewood girls took over sole possession of first place in Region 4-4A with a 3-1 win over Spring Valley. The Bengals, who are riding an eight-match winning streak, improved to 9-1 overall, 3-0 in the region. Angie Downs had the only goal for Spring Valley (6-4, 2-1).
Lucy Young scored two goals to lead third-ranked Lexington to a 5-3 Region 5-4A win over South Aiken. The Wildcats (8-1, 2-0) take on winless Aiken on Friday in a tune-up for a big match on March 26 at No. 7 Dutch Fork.