Seahawks top Sharks, one win away from region title

The Myrtle Beach boys soccer team moved one step from securing the Region VIII-AAA regular season title Friday night with a 2-1 victory over St. James.

The Seahawks (16-2-1 overall, 7-0 region) claimed their 17th consecutive victory over a region foe. They can repeat as region champs with a win over visiting Georgetown on Monday.

But Friday’s win didn’t come easily as St. James (6-9, 4-4) jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a goal by freshman Tristan Fields in the 15th minute.

It turned out to be Myrtle Beach’s second straight comeback win this week following Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Socastee.

Mason Lewis converted an assist from Alex Vasquez in the 25th minute to tie it up, and Nolan Butler scored the unassisted game-winner minutes later.

The second half turned into a defensive struggle as goalkeepers Jose Arrendondo for Myrtle Beach and St. James’ Haywood Brandon turned away numerous scoring opportunities on both sides. Arrendondo made three saves and Brandon had six.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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