High School Sports

Midlands teams go 4-4 in 4A girls soccer openers

Midlands teams went 4-4 in the first round of the Class 4A state playoffs on Monday.

Spring Valley, Ridge View, Irmo and Lexington survived initial testing, while Dutch Fork, Blythewood, White Knoll and Sumter were eliminated.

Spring Valley (12-6-1) received goals from Janna Komorowski, Danielle Shaw, Kelsey Sawyer and Becca Lenti in a 4-0 home win over Northwestern. It was the seventh goal of the season for Komorowski. Sawyer tallied her third goal in the last four outings, giving her five for the season. Shaw tallied her fourth goal, and Lenti posted her second, her first in 12 matches. Keeper Amy Kolowsky posted her 10th shutout of the season. The Vikings host Dorman in second-round play on Wednesday.

Ridge View (15-4-2) nipped Nation Ford 3-2 and has a tough second-round road match on Wednesday at Mauldin. The second-ranked Mavericks (16-2) blasted Westside 9-0 last night. Mauldin has been the dominant force in the Upper State since the 4A classification debuted in 1994, winning nine US championships. The Mavericks, however, are just 1-8 in state championship matches.

Irmo (15-4-2) rolled visiting Fort Dorchester 6-1. The reward is a second-round trip to face Wando – the most successful program in 4A girls soccer history. The Warriors have won two straight big-school titles and are 7-0 all-time in state championship outings. Amy Dherckers, Bianca Warder, Karli Farnham, Mandi Northington and Haley Hutchins had the Yellow Jackets goals in the playoff opener. Warder now has 24 goals on the season, Dherckers 22. Warder is on fire of late, scoring in six of her last seven matches with nine goals during the span.

Lexington (12-9) got off to a sluggish start in the first half Monday at Beaufort, but the Wildcats dominated after the break and emerged with a 1-0 win over the host Eagles. Hailey Rogers scored off a cross from Hilary Daly in the 64th minute for the only goal of the night. The Lexington defense did not allow Beaufort a shot in the second half. The Wildcats actually rate a home match in the second round, taking on Region 5-4A rival North Augusta – a 3-2 upset winner over Region 6-4A No. 2 champion West Florence. Lexington swept two region matches with the Yellow Jackets, but both were by scant 1-0 margins.

Third-ranked Dutch Fork suffered a stunning 1-0 upset loss at home to unranked Summerville to finish on a disappointing, 19-3 note.

White Knoll’s best season in history ended at West Ashley. The match was scoreless after 80 regulation minutes before the goals started coming at an alarming rate. The host Wildcats emerged from the two overtime sessions with a 3-1 decision. The Timberwolves, who were a combined 1-28 and 0-20 in region play in 2007 and 2008, finished an impressive turnaround season with an 11-8 record.

Blythewood fell 3-0 at Clover in its first 4A playoff outing. The Bengals, who made to the third round of the Class 3A playoffs in 2007 and 2008, closed with a 10-10-1 mark in their first season at the big-school level.

Sumter lost 3-1 at Stratford to close out a 6-11 campaign.