High School Sports

March 17, 2014

Tuesday's best on the pitch

Here are the top boys and girls soccer matches on the Tuesday slate in the Midlands.

Here are the top Midlands soccer matches on Tuesday:

Boys soccer

Cardinal Newman at Lexington

The defending SCISA champion Cardinals (5-3-2) have already played a vigorous schedule. The top-ranked Cards went 2-0-1 at a tournament in Augusta last weekend, playing Westminster Schools of Augusta to a 0-0 draw in the championship match Lexington (7-1) is coming off a 3-2 shootout loss to Irmo on Friday in a rematch of last season’s 4A state title match. The fifth-ranked Wildcats do not open Region 5-4A action until Friday.

Irmo at Blythewood

Fourth-ranked Irmo is fresh from a 3-2 shootout win at Lexington on Friday in an almost exact rematch of last season’s 4A state championship outing. The Yellow Jackets (6-1) open the Region 4-3A campaign against the sixth-ranked, 6-1 Bengals who have only stumbled against Lexington to date – by a 3-2 margin.

A.C. Flora at River Bluff

It’s a early first-place showdown in Region 4-3A The first-year Gators are off to a 6-1 start (1-0 in region) under former Irmo coach Phil Savatz and are ranked No. 1 in Class 3A. River Bluff opened the season with a 3-1, third-place showing at the Bryan Ostrower Soccer Showcase in Rock Hill. The Gators have scored 30 goals to date and posted five shutouts Sixth-ranked Flora stands at 3-2, including Region 4-3A wins over Camden and Chapin.

Brookland-Cayce at Dutch Fork

Class 3A second-ranked Brookland-Cayce (5-2) is coming off a sweep of Bishop England and Academic Magnet during last weekend’s Lowcountry trip. Dutch Fork (4-3) is No. 14 in the latest 4A poll, but the Silver Foxes have just one success that can be deemed a quality win so far – a 1-0 decision against Nation Ford on March 1.

Girls soccer

River Bluff at A.C. Flora

The seventh-ranked Gators are off to a 3-2 overall start, 1-0 in Region 4-3A play in their first varsity season. River Bluff scored a 1-0 win at Camden on Friday in their region debut Flora (2-2-1, 0-1) fell from the No. 2 spot in the Class 3A state rankings to No. 4 in the wake of its 2-0 loss to Chapin in the region opener for both squads on Friday. Though it is still early, the Falcons’ bid for a second straight region may be doomed with another stumble before the rematch with Chapin on April 8.

Dreher at Camden

Dreher (6-0, 2-0) has yet to stumble but faces its first challenging test of the season in this Region 4-3A match against the improved Bulldogs. Dreher has yet to allow an opposition goal Camden advanced to the Nash preseason tournament finals at North Myrtle Beach, but has been in a scoring slump – going four straight matches without finding the back of the net.

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