Boys Soccer: MB soars into state final; Braves fall short

mbsoc-keepThe No. 1-ranked Myrtle Beach High boys soccer team had to put in some serious overtime in Tuesday’s Class 3A Lower State championship match.

But after a four-hour bus ride and nearly three hours of see-saw soccer, the Seahawks prevailed with a 4-3 victory over host Hilton Head Island in a penalty kick shootout to advance to Saturday’s Class 3A title match.

The Seahawks struck first off the hot foot of Adolpho Aguilar, who scored his eighth postseason goal midway through the first half. But Hilton Head scored a pair of goals to take a 2-1 halftime advantage.

Myrtle Beach responded early in the second half on the equalizer by Alan Vazquez, and Adolpho followed with the go-ahead goal midway through the second half. Hilton Head knotted it up a 3-all late in regulation to force extra time.

Following two scoreless 10-minute overtime periods and two 5-minute sudden-death double overtimes, the hard-fought match went to PKs. Myrtle Beach goalkeeper David Caraker made two saves and Foster Russell scored the game-winning PK to send the Seahawks to Saturday’s state title game.

Myrtle Beach faces a showdown with Chapin for the Class 3A title. The state championship game is at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Irmo High.

* River Bluff 2, Socastee 0: The Braves saw their 20-game winning streak and their dominating season come to an end in Tuesday’s Class 4A Lower State championship game against the visiting Gators.

River Bluff broke a scoreless tie in the opening minutes of the first half and they held on to the 1-0 lead despite several scoring threats by Socastee. The Gators tacked on a late insurance goal to move on to the state title match Saturday.

Photo by Prep Stars Media

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