St. James falls victim to late flurry by AC Flora in 3A final

sjsoc-williamsOne minute, the St. James High boys soccer team seemed ready to capture its first-ever Class 3A state championship. Thirty-five minutes later, the Sharks had to settle for their inaugural state title game appearance.

AC Flora scored five unanswered goals in the second half to claim a 5-1 victory over St. James on Saturday at River Bluff High. In a turn of fate, it was a win by that same score over rival Myrtle Beach that propelled the Sharks to their first Lower State title.

The up-and-coming Sharks (20-4-1) appeared hungry to win it all, and they were in good position after Tristan Fields scored to open the second half and give St. James a 1-0 lead following a scoreless first half.

But AC Flora wasted no time in evening it up, and the Falcons opened the floodgates by tallying on four more the rest of the way. The five goals were the most allowed by the Sharks all season and more than they had allowed in their previous 10 games combined.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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