Brookland-Cayce and Blythewood scored upset wins in first-round play at the Viking Cup girls soccer tournament on Thursday.
The Bearcats, ranked No. 8 in Class 3A, came away with a 3-2 penalty-kick decision over 4A Lexington and move on to the Bracket C semifinals on Saturday at 9:30 p.m. against the winner of Friday’s Eastside-Myrtle Beach first-round game. The Wildcats, ranked No. 11 in Class 4A, opens consolation-round play on Saturday at 8 a.m.
Unranked Blythewood advanced to the Bracket B semifinals with a 2-1 penalty-kick upset win over No. 8 Dutch Fork. The Bengals will take other Clover or T.L. Hanna on Saturday at 8 a.m. The Silver Foxes will look to rebound in the consolation round on Saturday.
Spring Valley, Chapin and Ridge View were the other Midlands winners on Thursday.
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In Bracket A, Spring Valley opened with a 1-0 win over North Augusta and Chapin nipped Dreher 2-1 in another penalty-kick decision. The Vikings will face either South Aiken or James Island in the semifinals on Saturday, while the Eagles will square off against Spartanburg or defending Viking Cup champion Wando. Both matches start at 9:30 a.m.
Ridge View emerged with a 3-2 decision over Aiken. The tenth-ranked Blazers have a tough semifinal game on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. against either defending 4A state champion Mauldin or reigning Class 2A champ Bishop England.
Airport was dealt a 3-0 loss by Dorman in another first-round match on Thursday. The Eagles return to action in the Bracket D consolations on Saturday at 11 a.m.