Carolina Forest boys, girls sweep Sumter, lead region

The Carolina Forest boys soccer team was held scoreless for 79 minutes of the 80-minute regulation game against region rival Sumter on Friday night.

Fortunately for the Panthers, they did all the damage they needed in the other minute to score a 2-1 victory over the visiting Gamecocks.

In the 42nd minute, Carolina Forest’s Ian McIlrath collected a rebound from a shot taken by teammate Peter Gennaro that was mishandled by the Sumter goalkeeper and hammered it in to break the scoreless tie.

Almost before the Panthers (4-4 overall, 2-0 Region VI-AAAA) were finished celebrating, McIlrath was brought down in the goal box for a penalty kick. Defender Austin Turbeville did the honors and converted the PK for a 2-0 lead.

Sumter scored on a shot from about 35 yards out at the 74-minute mark to cut the deficit in half but Carolina Forest’s stingy defense finished the job.

The Gamecocks (3-6-2, 0-2) were limited to only two shots on goal to 10 for the Panthers. Carolina Forest goalie Paul Blayton saved the other attempt.

Girls

* Carolina Forest 4, Sumter 0: The Lady Panthers shutout the Lady Gamecocks on Friday night to improve to 2-0 in Region VI-AAAA play and 2-4 overall.

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