Seahawks, Sharks to meet again for Lower State title

sjsoc-mbsplitThe Class 3A Lower State Championship will be a showdown between two Grand Strand state powers as both the Myrtle Beach and St. James boys soccer team scored huge road victories on Saturday.

The Seahawks went into penalty kicks to claim a 2-1 victory over Brookland-Cayce, while the Sharks won their second playoff game in as many nights with a 2-1 victory at Aiken in the Lower State semifinals.

The Sharks also won by a 2-1 score after claiming a 2-0 win over Hilton Head on Friday. Keaton Zimmer scored early on a penalty kick, and Quadarius Grate tallied the game-winner on an assist by Luke Williams in the closing minute before halftime. The vaunted St. James defense, led by goalkeeper Haywood Brandon, shut out Aiken in the second half to preserve the landmark win.

Myrtle Beach and St. James will meet Tuesday at Doug Shaw Stadium with a state title bid on the line. They split the regular-season series, with St. James hosting a 4-3 thriller and Myrtle Beach taking a 2-0 win on its home turf. St. James also beat the Seahawks in the preseason Michael Nash Memorial Tournament. This is the program’s deepest playoff run in school history.

* River Bluff 4, Socastee 1: The Braves’ saw their season come to a close in the Class 4A Lower State semifinals on Saturday.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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