Greer’s hat trick caps playoff win

Bearcats cruise to first-round victory

ainelson@thestate.comMay 6, 2013 

— Kathryn Greer scored three goals to lead Brookland-Cayce to a 5-1 first-round victory against Hanahan in the Class 3A soccer tournament Wednesday.

Coach Katie Smith said Greer’s skill and determination — she has 35 goals this season — have been key to Brookland-Cayce’s season.

“She was here with that group of seniors last year, and she knows what it feels like,” Smith said. “She knows we just have to win.”

And Greer put the Bearcats (18-3-2) on the right track early Wednesday, scoring her first goal from in front after 36 seconds of play.

From there, Hanahan was not able to shore up its porous defense.

Brookland-Cayce kept possession most of the first half and scored its next goal in the 18th minute.

Hanahan broke through in the 26th minute with a shot that skimmed under the crossbar and past the Bearcats’ leaping goalie. But Greer reopened the Bearcats’ lead with a goal in the final minute of the half, setting the score at 3-1 at the break.

In the first minute of the second half, Kacee Merritt added another goal. Hanahan’s goalkeeper suffered an apparent leg injury on the play and had to be helped off the field. One minute later, Greer scored the final goal of the game.

Hanahan (7-6) was stuck on defense for the remainder of the night, and the Bearcats finished the game with 15 shots.

“We couldn’t finish, and that’s something that we will have to work on as we go forward,” Smith said.

Still, the Bearcats were pleased with their eighth consecutive victory.

“This was definitely considered a rebuilding year, but they have exceeded all our expectations and we’re proud of where we are,” Smith added.

The Bearcats are set to host the winner of the Darlington-Socastee in Wednesday’s second round.

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