CA loses double-overtime heartbreaker in state final

The Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach girls soccer team suffered another close call in the SCISA state finals Saturday in Columbia to settle for its fourth consecutive runner-up trophy.

The Lady Saints suffered a 2-1 double-overtime defeat to defending state champion Oakbrook Prep. They battled the heat and a much deeper Lady Knights squad for nearly 2 hours at Cardinal Newman.

The Lady Saints scored the game’s first goal when Brae Jackson made a nice cross to Julie Markley for a 1-0 lead. The Lady Knights evened it to force a pair of 10-minute overtime periods.

In the final minutes of double overtime, Oakbrook Prep scored the game-winner on a perfectly placed shot in the top corner that ended the match and an otherwise stellar performance by goalkeeper Charley Trout.

The Lady Saints lose three key seniors in Alexis Hildenbrandt and twins Julia and Natalie Markley, but they return a young group of up-and-comers to make a bid for a fifth straight state finals appearance in 2019.

– Photo courtesy of CAMB Athletics

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