Soccer: Panthers run past Bruins; Lady Chiefs win

Down by a goal in the waning minutes of Friday’s game, the Panthers finally took advantage of one of their many opportunities.

Eli Brister headed in the equalizer to stun South Florence and Anthony Powalie scored on a direct kick in overtime to complete the 3-2 come-from-behind win for Carolina Forest.

The victory improved the Panthers’ record to 11-4 overall and 5-3 in region play.

“We’re looking to go deep in the playoffs,” Powalie said. “This is the best team we’ve had in a while and we’re real confident this year.”

If Carolina Forest can secure second place in the region, the Panthers would earn a first-round home playoff game. After years of soccer futility, the senior captains said the achievement would be significant for the school.

“It would be relieving a little bit,” Brister said.

“It would mean a lot,” Powalie added. “My whole high school career I haven’t won a playoff game or had a home playoff game.”

The Panthers have Conway and top-seeded Socastee left on their region schedule.

* Socastee 7, Conway 1: The No. 5 Braves rolled past the Tigers for a region win.

Socastee’s Chris Matleshewski scored a hat trick for the Braves.

* Oceanside Collegiate 3, Myrtle Beach 2: The Seahawks suffered a tough loss to the visiting Landsharks in a non-region matchup.

Girls

* North Myrtle Beach 2, Wilson 0: The Lady Chiefs managed to maintain sole possession of second place in Region 7-4A with a 2-0 road shutout of the Lady Tigers.

North Myrtle Beach’s Krista Drozdowski opened the scoring on a cross from Linsey Downey. Taylor Monahan scored the second goal with an assist from Alyssa Elliott. Goalkeeper Jordan Hernandez had one save in the win.

Photo by Charles D. Perry/myhorrynews

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