Soccer: MB, St. James roll into Lower State semifinals

mbgsoc-24The Myrtle Beach High girls soccer team advanced to the Class 3A Lower State semifinals with an impressive 3-0 victory over visiting Airport on Wednesday.

The Lady Seahawks (17-1), who have hold home field through the Lower State Final if they continue to win, will welcome the winner between Hilton Head and Brookland-Cayce on Friday.

Myrtle Beach got on the scoreboard in the first half on a goal by Tori Zeltner, but the Lady Falcons made it a hard-fought contest until midway through the second half.

At the 63-minute mark, Myrtle Beach senior Summer Penny scored on a breakaway by beating the Airport goalkeeper to the right corner. Two minutes later, Penny was taken down hard in the box to set up McKenzie Jones’ penalty kick and put the game away.

The Lady Seahawks registered their eighth straight shutout dating back to April 23, a streak of nearly 700 scoreless minutes.

* St James 6, Hartsville 0: The No. 2-seeded Lady Sharks scored early anfd often in dismantling the top-seeded host Lady Red Foxes in the second road of the Class 3A state tournament.

Freshman Haley Brandon scored another hat trick and goalkeeper Shannon Johnson posted another shutout as St. James advances to the Lower State semifinals. The Lady Sharks will play host to the winner of Swansea and James Island.

St. James senior Jenny Breeden put St. James on the board early in the first half, and Bethany Goodrich followed with a header that put the Lady Sharks up 2-0. Brandon netted the next three goals and assisted on the final one to cap the scoring.

Photo by Beth Griffis

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