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Airport vs. B-C headlines tonight's limited Midlands soccer slate

Airport hosts the Brookland-Cayce girls in a limited but interesting Midlands slate of soccer matches tonight.

In other outings of note, Chapin’s boys and girls take on SCISA foe Cardinal Newman and the unbeaten Dutch Fork girls play at Spring Valley.

Aiport and B-C, ranked No. 6 and No. 7, respectively, in Class 3A, will be playing for sole possession of second place behind South Aiken in Region 5-3A, along with the usual neighborhood bragging rights. Airport was a 2-1 winner in the first encounter with the Bearcats on March 31 in a shootout thriller. Both teams enter with 4-3 region record, two games behind front-running, 7-1 South Aiken.

Last week, the Eagles (11-5-1 overall) suffered a bitter 4-3 overtime loss at home to South Aiken. Casi Jones had two goals and one assist in the heartbreaking loss, Kelly Smith scored the other goal and Alli Mims and Erin Gray were credited with assists. Airport rebounded three days later to beat Dreher 2-0 as Jones and Gray both had one goal and one assist.

Jones has 25 goals on the books to date.

The Bearcats (10-5-1 overall) have been on a roll since the loss to Airport, winning six of seven outings with the lobe setback coming against SCISA No. 1 Pinewood Prep 1-0 score at the Lady Bearcat tournament. B-C began the surge with a 1-0 win over second-ranked South Aiken.

Last week, the Bearcats rolled to wins over Swansea (1-0) and Dreher (4-0) in region outings, and posted an impressive 2-1 win over 4A Ridge View. Kimmy Batson took care of all the scoring vs. RV and added one goal vs. Dreher to give her a team-high seven non-tournament goals. Sarah Johnson had the only tally in the Swansea match. Nellie Phillips, Jennifer Merrit and Noel McDaniel joined Batson in the scoring against Dreher.

Cardinal Newman and Chapin square off tonight – the CN boys visit Chapin, while Eagles girls venture to George Watson Field to take on the host Cardinals. All four teams wrapped up region championships last week.

The CN boys, who are now ranked No. 1 in SCISA after region rival Hammond knocked off Pinewood Prep last week, put the Region 3-2A title on ice last week with wins over Augusta Christian (6-1), Ben Lippen (4-1) and Heathwood Hall (3-2). Mike Beaudoin scored two goals vs. Augusta Christian and Thoman Winstead found the back of the net twice against Ben Lippen. The red-hot Cardinals (14-3-1, 9-0) have won 12 in a row since dropping a 4-2 decision to Northwestern, the top team in South Carolina at any level, on March 13.

Chapin is on a roll, as well. The 3A third-ranked Eagles (11-5-1, 6-0) have win five straight and are 10-1-1 since getting off to a tough 1-4 start against quality non-region foes, including Northwestern. Chapin officially secured the Region 4-4A championship with a 5-2 win over A.C. Flora on Friday. Leading scorer Joey DeMare and Connor Cunningham had two goals apiece in the clincher.

Cardinal Newman (9-3, 8-1) put the finishing touches on the Region SCISA 2-3A title in a 3-1 win over Ben Lippen last Tuesday. Alexa Barnes had two goals, Julie Davis the other. Barnes leads the third-ranked Cardinals with 12 goals.

Chapin’s 3A fifth-ranked girls (11-5, 6-0) clinced the Region 4-3A championship by downing Lugoff-Elgin (11-0) and A.C. Flora (1-0) last week. Chelsea Burnes was the only multiple-goal producer in the rout of L-E, while on-fire Alainah Farrell had the one tally vs. ACF. Farrell has seven goals in the last five matches, including a hat trick in a recent region romp over Chester.

The 4A third-ranked Dutch Fork girls fell from the undefeated ranks last week, dropping a 1-0 Region 4-4A decision on the road to unranked North Augusta. The Silver Foxes (14-1, 9-1) rebounded one day later to beat White Knoll 3-2 in a match decided by a penalty-kick shootout. DF (15-1, 9-1) now leads archrival Irmo by just one game in the loss column in the region title race.

On-the-rise Spring Valley, which is 6-1-2 in its last nine outings, pulled even with Ridge View in the Region 4-4A title race last week, downing the Blazers 1-0 last Tuesday on a goal by Janna Komorowski and flawless defensive play in support of keeper Amy Kolowsky. The Vikings closed out the week with a 9-0 region laugher vs. South Pointe. Sarah Guess had a hat trick and two-goal backing by Amanda Herring and Molly Davis. Davis leads the club with eight goals, five of them coming in the two South Pointe matches.

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