Class 3A seventh-ranked Brookland-Cayce secured a second-place in Region 5-3A girls soccer and a home date in the first round of the approaching state playoffs by downing archrival and sixth-ranked Airport in a wild 5-4 match Monday at The Cage.
It was the sixth win in a row for the surging Bearcats, who are 7-1 since losing a 2-1 shootout decision to Airport in the first meeting of the neighboring rivals on March 31. That loss left B-C (12-5-1 overall) standing at 1-3 in region matters.
Ultimately, the decisive goal proved to be a penalty-kick tally in regulation by B-C’s Sarah Johnson. Nellie Phillips had two goals, while Kimmy Batson and Katie Busbee had the other Bearcats scores. Batson has four goals in the last three B-C outings.
The Bearcats finished with a 5-3 region mark, two games behind champion South Aiken (7-1). Airport finished with a 4-4 region record, and could wind up tied for third place with Swansea. Swansea (3-4) takes on last-place Dreher Tuesday at Memorial Stadium in the final region outing of the season. If the Tigers prevail, a tie-breaker will be require to establish the region No. 3 and No. 4 seeds. Airport and Swansea split two region matches this season.
Casi Jones, Emily Jeffcoat and Kelly Smith took care of the scoring for Airport vs. B-C. Jones has two goals, upping her season scoring count to 26. Jones has scored in six straight matches and in 14 of the Eagles 17 matches this season.