High school soccer

SC’s best in high school soccer invade Daniel Island

ainelson@thestate.comJune 27, 2014 

20040512 SOCCER BALL

KURT STRAZDINS

  • NORTH SOUTH SOCCER CLASSIC

    WHEN: Saturday, Girls, 12 p.m.; Boys, 2 p.m.

    WHERE: Blackbaud Stadium, Daniel Island

    ADMISSION: $10

    MORE INFORMATION: scsoccer.com

    MIDLANDS PLAYERS

    Girls North

    Sara Corning; Chapin; Midfielder

    Maddie Cox; Irmo; Midfielder

    Savannah Purvis; Blythewood; Midfielder

    Cierra Smith; Spring Valley; Midfielder

    Amber Tanner; Ridge View; forward

    McKenzie Walpole; Chapin; midfielder

    Melissa Wyant; Richland NE; midfielder

    Girls South

    Morgan McCray; Airport; goalkeeper

    Sarah DiPiazza, White Knoll; midfielder

    Hanna Meredith; Swansea; midfielder

    Sarah Moore; Lexington; midfielder

    Casey Rish; Swansea; defender

    Madison Salters; Dutch Fork; midfielder

    Brooklyn Wagner; Brookland-Cayce; midfielder

    Helena Walters; Brookland-Cayce; defender

    Boys North

    Christian Delpino; Chapin; midfielder

    Hank Haltiwanger; Blythewood; midfielder

    Walker Norris; Chapin; defender

    Peterson Occilien; Blythewood; forward

    Michael Sawyer; Irmo; midfielder

    Donovan Waddell; Richland NE; forward

    Boys South

    Tyler Brazzell; Brookland-Cayce; midfielder

    Aaron Davis; Brookland-Cayce; midlfielder

    Arthur Myers; Swansea; defender

    Brett Smith; Lexington; midfielder

    Bryson Tindal; Lexington; forward

With the country in a frenzy over the United States’ success in the World Cup, South Carolina soccer fans will have the chance to see more high school soccer this week.

Many of the state’s top players will play in Daniel Island on Saturday for the North-South Soccer Classic all-star games.

With sponsorship from the South Carolina United Football Club, the S.C. High School Soccer Coaches’ Association honors more than 60 players, including 26 Midlands athletes, in the annual contest.

For boys soccer, it is the 26th installment of a series in which the North team has dominated with 15 wins.

This year’s South squad looks to have an advantage, with 3A finalist Brookland-Cayce leaders Tyler Brazzell and Aaron Davis joining a handful of stars from 4A champion Wando.

But more important than winning is the opportunity to celebrate a game that is growing in popularity.

“I love soccer, I love being around the kids and that’s why I do it. It’s such a joy to see these kids come together for one more game, and end their high school career,” said Airport girls coach Keith Morris, who will serve as the girls South team coach. “It’s all about the kids.”

The 18th annual girls all-star match features 15 local players, 10 of whom will be continuing their soccer careers in college.

Bob Taylor, who led Chapin to a Class 3A runner-up finish, serves as assistant coach on the North squad. Among the Midlands players on his squad are midfielders McKenzie Walpole and Sara Corning of Chapin, Spring Valley’s Cierra Smith, Melissa Wyant of Richland Northeast, Blythewood’s Savannah Purvis and Irmo’s Maddie Cox.

The South team, which holds an 8-7-2 lead in the series, is heavy with goalkeepers and defenders, including Airport keeper Morgan McCray, Swansea’s Casey Rish and Brookland-Cayce’s Helena Walters.

“At this level, they’re all great soccer players. They’ve all had great high school careers, and we have a lot of talent on this team,” Morris said.

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