High School Sports

April 21, 2012

Midlands girls soccer notebook

With two weeks to go in the regular season, region championship races are heating up.

With two weeks to go in the regular season, region championship races are starting to heat up.

Region 4-4A

Spring Valley enters the stretch run with an 8-1 record and a one game lead in the loss column over both Irmo (8-2) and Dutch Fork (7-2), but the Vikings are by no means on easy street though they do control they own destiny. SV plays at Dutch Fork on Tuesday and closes out the region/regular season on May 2 at home against Irmo.

Irmo avenged a previous loss to Dutch Fork with a resounding 5-2 win over the Silver Foxes on Friday at W.C. Hawkins Stadium.

Region 5-4A

Lexington pulled even with South Aiken atop the region standings with a 2-1 shootout win on the road over the Thoroughbreds on Friday. Alyson Driscoll tallied in regulation for the Wildcats, and the team went 5-for-5 in the penalty kick tie-breaking session. Lexington and South Aiken both sport 6-1 records with three games left.

White Knoll, meanwhile, vaulted over North Augusta into third place with a 4-2 win Friday at home against the Yellow Jackets. Both clubs entered with 3-3 region marks.

Region 5-3A

Brookland-Cayce all but locked up the region championship with a convincing 4-0 win over second place A.C. Flora on Thursday. Noel McDaniel, Kathryn Greer, Carlyn Fralick and Helena Walters tallied the goals as the Bearcats completed a season sweep of the Falcons. B-C stands at 9-0 with three matches left in the region campaign, while Flora slips back to 7-2.

Airport and Chapin stayed in the hunt for a second-place finish and a home date in the first round of the state playoffs. Airport topped Dreher 4-1 on Thursday behind Alli Mims’ hat trick to improve to 6-3. Chapin also moved to 6-3 with an easy win over Lower Richland on Friday.

Airport has a tough road with games at Chapin on Tuesday, against A.C. Flora at home on Thursday and a region finale at home against archrival Brookland-Cayce.

Region 6-3A

Camden completed a perfect conference campaign with an 8-0 win on Thursday at home against Marlboro County. The Bulldogs finished region testing at 10-0, outscoring the conference opposition by an eye-opening 84-0 margin.

Region 5-2A

Swansea puts it region championship bid on the line Monday at Barnwell. The Tigers and host Warhorses both have one region loss on the books. Barnwell was a 1-0 winner in the first meeting on March 26. Swansea tuned up for the showdown with a 5-0 win over Wade Hampton on Thursday that clinched at least one home date in the first round of the state playoffs.

SCISA Region 1-3A

Hammond tightened its grip on the region championship with a 1-0 win over Cardinal Newman on Thursday and can essentially lock up the title with a win on Tuesday at Ben Lippen. Last week was a big won for the Skyhawks, who also nipped Gilbert, a region lead in the SCHSL ranks, by a 1-0 count.

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