Soccer: Braves, Sharks face off for Nash Memorial title

socsoc-nashA pair of South Strand rivals will clash on the North Strand to decide the boys championship of the Michael Nash Memorial Soccer Tournament.

Socastee and St. James face off at noon Sunday at the North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex after advancing through pool play unscathed. Sharks beat West Ashley 2-0 in one semifinal and the Braves shutout Hartsville 5-0 in the other to set up the Battle of Highway 707 at a venue that’s located just off Highway 31.

In other boys action, North Myrtle Beach played to a 1-all draw with Hartsville, Georgetown shut out Conway 1-0, and Airport took a 4-0 shutout over Aynor.

In girls action, Dreher defeated Bluffton 3-2 in the championship game, but it wasn’t the only one-goal match of the day. Socastee defeated Myrtle Beach 1-0 in a showdown of local rivals and state powers. Bluffton ended an impressive tournament showing by Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach with a 3-1 victory.

There were also a few lopsided matchups as North Myrtle Beach downed Aynor 8-1. NMB junior Hadley Hudson and sophomore Taylor Monahan scored two goals each, and Jenna Berger, Cassey Nicholl, and Emma Delaney also found the back of the net. Dreher blasted Conway 12-0, and St. James dominated Loris 17-0.

Cavalier Kickoff Classic

* Carolina Forest finished in third place in the Cavalier Kickoff Classic by defeating South Florence 8-1 in the consolation game.

In the semifinal, Carolina Forest battled Providence Athletic Club to a scoreless draw in regulation before falling in penalty kicks (4-2) in a rematch of last year’s championship game.

The Lady Panthers return to action Wednesday for their season opener at Waccamaw.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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