Soccer: Sharks top Saints; CF boys, girls win openers

The St. James girls soccer team kicked off the 2018 regular season Tuesday with a 2-0 shutout victory over visiting Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach.

The back-and-forth game was scoreless until the second half when senior Stephanie Cumez converted a header. Senior Ilene de los Santos added an insurance goal to close out the scoring.

Senior goalkeeper Michaela Bessinger helped secure the shutout with double-digit saves.

The Lady Sharks make the short trip down Highway 707 on Thursday to face rival Socastee.

* Carolina Forest 3, Waccamaw 1: The Lady Panthers scored three unanswered goals to knock off visiting Waccamaw in Tuesday’s regular season opener.

After the Lady Warriors drew first blood in the first half, Carolina Forest’s defense locked down until, the offense could get rolling. Lexi Lilly got the Panthers on the board by stealing the ball away from the Waccamaw keeper and putting it in the back of the net. She later took an assist from Ally Niles to put Carolina Forest on top 2-1 at the half.

Lilly narrowly missed out on a hat trick when her penalty kick glanced off the post, but teammate Reilly Ward was there to clean it up and close out the scoring. Goalkeeper Cameron McWhorter and her defense did the rest to start the season on a winning note.

The Panthers play at home again at 7:30 p.m. Friday against St. James.

Boys

* Carolina Forest 2, Waccamaw 0: The Panthers shut out the Warriors in their season opener.

Anthony Powalie and Christian Rauhat scored goals for the Panthers..

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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