Soccer in the slop: Braves win Nash; Lady Sharks fall

The Socastee boys soccer team successfully defended its title in the Michael Nash Invitational on Saturday, but this one was a little bit easier and a whole lot wetter.

The championship game was cancelled due to heavy rains that turned the North Myrtle Beach High field into a fine mixture of cole slaw and chocolate pudding, allowing the Braves to retain the title by virtue of points.

Socastee scored a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Carolina Forest to earn a sweep in group play and capture the title with 26 total points. Teams were awarded points based on several factors.

Waccamaw, which scored a 2-0 victory over tournament host North Myrtle Beach on Saturday, was declared the runner-up with 22 total points.

In other boys action on Saturday, Hartsville defeated Conway 2-1 and St. James blasted Airport 5-1.

In girls action, North Myrtle Beach and Socastee reached the finals and will square off in the delayed championship game of the Nash Invitational at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Meanwhile, the No. 1-ranked St. James girls soccer team suffered a 1-0 loss to Blythewood on Saturday in the Viking Cup in Columbia.

Playing in heavy rains and on a sloppy field, the Lady Sharks dropped their season opener against the Lady Bengals in a hard-fought match.

St. James will face Aiken at 11 a.m. Sunday before returning home to start the regular season Tuesday against Carolina Forest.

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