Lady Sharks settle for share of third at Lady Eagle Classic

The St. James girls soccer team had to settle for a third-place tie in the prestigious Lady Eagle Classic in Columbia on Saturday due to inclement weather.

The Class AAA No. 6-ranked Lady Sharks (7-1) advanced to Saturday’s semifinals before suffering a 2-1 loss to Dutch Fork, the No. 11 ranked team in Class AAAA.

St. James was scheduled to face North Augusta in the consolation finals at 6 p.m. but heavy rains forced the cancellation of the remainder of the tournament. Hilton Head Island and Dutch Fork were named co-champions.

The Lady Sharks reached the semis by scoring their fourth consecutive shutout in the opening round of the tournament on Friday, defeating St. Joseph’s 3-0.

St. James then advanced to take on tournament host Airport in a match that was tied 1-1 at halftime, but the Lady Sharks scored the lone goal of the second half for a 2-1 victory.

Other local teams in the tournament include Myrtle Beach, which suffered a 3-2 loss to Dutch Fork, and Socastee, which lost a 2-0 decision to Hilton Head Island. They lost to the tournament co-champs in the first round.

The Lady Braves rallied from a 1-0 halftime deficit to defeat Providence Athletic Club in penalty kicks and the Lady Seahawks also won a shootout to defeat Boiling Springs on Saturday.

Myrtle Beach later suffered a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Wade Hampton while Socastee fell 4-0 to St. Joseph’s before the rest of the tournament was ruled a washout.

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