Sharks top Warriors on PKs to net Nash tournament title

1It took four games and some overtime before someone finally scored on the St. James boys soccer team. Unfortunately for fellow finalist Waccamaw, the scores came in the form of penalty kicks and not enough of them to beat the Sharks, who hoisted the trophy of the Michael Nash Memorial soccer tournament on Sunday in North Myrtle Beach.

By taking a 4-3 edge in PKs for a 1-0 win over the Warriors, the Sharks claimed the crown by shutting out all four foes they faced over the weekend. They defeated Carolina Forest 2-0 on Friday,  Hartsville 4-0 and Myrtle Beach 1-0 on Saturday to set up the showdown with Waccamaw.

A scoreless game played in the cold and rain sent both teams to the line for penalty kicks to decide the winner. Still tied 3-all after five kicks 3each, Waccamaw’s sudden-death attempt was successfully defended by St. James goalie Haywood Brandon. St James then sent senior Tristen Fields to the line to seal the deal. His shot popped into the left side of the net and the Sharks piled on their scorer to celebrate the victory.

St James head coach Drew Pavy was excited for his team, “They showed a lot of guts out there today. We haven’t been practicing all week but they played hard and we got the win.

“Haywood just came back from basketball season on Thursday and we threw him in there. He played like he was never gone.”

On Saturday, Waccamaw’s girls wrapped up the title by going undefeated in tournament play.

2Photos by Tyler Watkins

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