It is probably safe to assume that Brookland-Cayce and Airport did not expected to hook up for a third time this season in the third round of the Class 3A state boys soccer playoffs after the Bearcats completed a Region 5-3A sweep of the neighboring Eagles with a 2-1 win on April 28.
But on Saturday night at The Cage, the archrivals will square off again with a spot in the Lower State championship match hanging in the balance thanks to road wins in the second round on Thursday.
B-C had the tougher time of it. The 10th ranked Bearcats (15-8-2) upset fifth-ranked North Myrtle Beach 1-0 in a match decided in a penalty-kick shootout. The teams battled to a scoreless draw in 110 minutes of regular play, but B-C was superior in the shootout – going 5-for-5 in PKs. Taylor Lewis, who entered the game with 30 goals, for the shootout off on the right foot with a conversion. Greg Smith, Chris Durzan, William Flores and Adam Keller made it official on the fifth rotation.
Durzan was the star of the match – posting a shutout in the net and converting his PK chance in the shootout.
Airport (13-9) handled St. James for its second shutout playoff win on the win in three days. Austin Jordan and Taylor Haniyak share keeper duty, while Trey Stone, Clayton Goette and Rocky Snuffer did the scoring. Four different players have accounted for the Eagles’ four playoff goals to date, and the defense has yet to yield a goal.
In the Upper State, fourth-ranked Chapin (15-7-1) breezed by Pickens 5-0 at home. The Eagles, who advanced to the state championship match last season as the Lower State champion, hosts Eastside on Saturday with a Final Four berth on the line. Eastside fell to Riverside, the team that defeated Chapin in the state title bout a year ago, in the US final last year.
Evan DeYoung had two goals in the Pickens win, and has three scores in the playoffs. Connor Cunningham, Ben Bosco and Alex Avinger had the other Chapin tallies.