Only four Midlands soccer teams are still standing in the state soccer playoffs, and that number will be whittled down by at least a factor of one by the close of action tonight.
In Class 3A, two third-round boys matches washed out by rain on Saturday will take place tonight – Airport at Brookland-Cayce at The Cage in the Lower State semifinals and No. 1 Eastside at Chapin in the Upper State semifinals. Both matches are scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
Unbeaten, second-ranked Irmo thumped visiting West Ashley 5-1 at W.C. Hawkins Stadium to advance to the Class 4A Lower State championship match on Tuesday. The Yellow Jackets (22-0) hit the road for the Lowcountry to play fourth-ranked Wando (21-4-1).
The rest of the Midlands third-round cast was expelled late last week.
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The Lexington girls dropped a tough 1-0 decision to two-time defending state champion Wando Friday on the road in the third round of the Class 4A playoffs. Chapin suffered a similar 1-0 fate against Eastside in 3A. Swansea’s surprising playoff run in 3A was ended in Myrtle Beach, 4-0.
Batesburg-Leesville and Gilbert were eliminated in the third round of the 2A boys playoffs on Saturday. The Panthers were felled 3-1 at home by Walhalla, while the Indians suffered a 3-1 defeat in Greenwood at the hands of Emerald.