Boys Soccer: Braves win in sudden death; MB cruises

socsoc-kickThe Socastee High boys soccer team went to triple overtime before claiming a sudden-death victory over visiting James Island in the second round of the Class 5A playoffs.

Socastee’s Chris Matlashewski notched a hat trick to account for all the Braves’ scoring, capped by a penalty kick in the final 5-minute, sudden-death overtime period.

Matlashewski put Socastee on the board first with a goal in the opening half, but James Island answered to level the score at 1-all. Regulation ended that way, and both teams remained scoreless after the first OT.

But the hard-fought match turned into a de facto PK shootout in the second OT as James Island was awarded one for a foul in the box and converted. Socastee got the same call minutes later and Matlashweski leveled the score.

Shortly after the match went to sudden death, James Island was called for another foul in the box and Matlashewski again knocked it home to send the Braves to the Lower State semifinals.

The Braves will host the winner of Thursday night’s contest between River Bluff and Fort Dorchester on Saturday.

* Myrtle Beach 6, Beaufort 0: The Seahawks dominated from start to finish to advance to the Class 4A Lower State championship.

JR Stanley two early goals, the second on a well-executed header off a corner kick, to get the Seahawks off to a hot start. Code Arambula followed with a goal of his own, and Nick Beauchamp converted a free kick to give Myrtle Beach a 4-0 halftime edge.

Lerol Parchment scored a pair of goals in the second half as the Seahawks cruised the rest of the way to their second-straight playoff shutout.

Myrtle Beach travels to Chapin on Saturday for a rematch of last year’s state championship game. The Eagles won 3-2 in last year’s title match.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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