High School Sports

Only three area teams survive second-round girls soccer testing

Chapin, Lexington and Swansea are the only Midlands teams left standing in the state girls soccer playoffs.

Chapin (17-6) advanced to the third round of the Class 3A playoffs with a 3-0 win over Daniel Wednesday at home. Kendall Keele continued her late-season scoring surge with two goals. Keele, who also had two scores in Chapin’s first round win on Monday, has scored seven goals during the Eagles’ current six-match winning streak. Keeper Laya Neal posted her third straight shutout, her fifth in the last six matches and her 16th of the season.

Chapin is the only area team with a third round home match on Friday. The fifth-ranked Eagles host sixth-ranked Eastside with a Final Four spot on the line.

Lexington (13-9) moved on in Class 4A with a 3-0 win over Region 5-4A rival North Augusta. Taylor Piorkowski, Rebecca Leary, Kaitlyn Patterson took care of the scoring, and keeper D.J. Corley posted her fourth straight shutout. The red-hot Wildcats have won nine of their last 11 outings, losing only to Dutch Fork and Irmo by one-goal margins. Lexington has a tough third-round road match on tap Friday against at Wando. The two-time defending state champion Warriors eliminated Irmo, 3-0, on Wednesday.

Swansea (14-6) moved on in 3A with a 6-0 home win vs. Socastee. Yaira Mota, Brittany McKoy and Haley Meredith all had two goals for the Tigers. Swansea, which finished in fourth place in Region 5-3A, travels to Myrtle Beach for a third-round Lower State match. The Seahawks eliminated Brookland-Cayce with a 3-0 win at Doug Shaw Stadium last night.

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