Chapin and Brookland-Cayce headline a cast seven Midlands entries in the Class 3A state girls soccer playoffs that begin on Monday.
Fifth-ranked Chapin (15-6) hosts Wade Hampton of Greenville, and seventh-ranked Brookland-Cayce (12-7-1) welcomes Battery Creek to The Cage in first-round matches.
Chapin is 14-3 after getting off to a sluggish 1-3 start against tough competition. Along the way the Eagles breezed to the Region 4-3A championship by winning eight mostly lopsided conference decisions. The only demanding foe in the region was A.C. Flora, which dropped 2-0 and 1-0 decisions to the Eagles. Danyelle Dye is the pacesetter of a potent Chapin scoring attack that has produced 99 goals to date. Dye has found the back of the net more that 20 times, and has had solid scoring support from Alainah Farrell, Nicole Hallbick and Chelsea Burnes, who have combined for more than 20 goals.
B-C got off to a 1-3 start in Region 5-3A, then turned things around with a 1-0 win over second-ranked South Aiken and never faltered in the conference again. The Bearcats avenged first-half losses to Airport and Swansea on the way to a second-place finish and a first-round playoff match reward. Kimmy Batson emerged as the leading scoring in the regular season, hitting the back of the net 11 times. Nellie Phillips and Sarah Johnson have provided solid scoring support with nine and seven goals, respectively.
In other first-round matches, Region 6-3A champion Camden (8-4) welcomes Socastee to Zemp Stadium, A.C. Flora is at home against Greenville, 11th ranked Airport (13-7-1) travels to take on defending state champion Hilton Head, Ninth ranked Swansea (12-6) also ventures to the coast to meet Bluffton and Lugoff-Elgin is at J.L. Mann.
Camden has posted some impressive offensive numbers this spring with India Robinson and Tina Stokes setting the pace. Robinson has 28 goals and 19 assists, while Stokes has 20 goals and nine helpers on the books.
Flora finished second in Region 4-3A behind Chapin. Lauren Wedemyer and Catherine Gillespie have been the Falcons’ top offensive players this season.
Airport ended the regular season with a win over 4A Blythewood to get back on the right track. The Eagles had dropped three in a row, four of five prior to the win – a skid that saw them lose second place to Brookland-Cayce in Region 5-4A. Casi Jones and Wmily Jeffcoat are the big guns in the attack. Jones had 28 goals entering the regular season finale, Jeffcoat eight.