The Myrtle Beach boys soccer team scored a 4-0 victory over visiting Berkeley in the first round of the Class AAA Lower State tournament on Tuesday night, and also recorded a milestone win for their coach.
In just his sixth season, Seahawks coach Jason Himmelsbach reached the 100-win mark and his team reached its second straight 20-win season. But the big landmark was one step closer to a return trip to the state title match.
“It’s like (Duke basketball coaching legend) Mike Krzyzewski said, it’s not about me, it’s about the players,” Himmelsbach said modestly after his players presented him with a plaque and as childhood images of his playing days in Myrtle Beach flashed on the big screen. “I’ve been fortunate to coach some great players.”
There was no argument about that as the No. 3-ranked Seahawks (20-2-1) dominated possession and the scoreboard from the very start. Mason Lewis scored on an assist from Alex Osuna in the opening minutes and Aristen Baku followed with a goal off an assist from Nolin Butler moments later for a quick 2-0 lead that lasted until halftime.
Ryan Arambula scored 2 minutes into the second half off an assist from Baku and Lewis capped the scoring at the 60-minute mark by converting a pass from Max Huggins as the Seahawks advance to host a second-round game against an opponent to be determined on Wednesday.
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