Boys Soccer: MB, Socastee suffer tough losses in semis

mbsoc-13kickIn a rematch of last year’s Class 3A boys soccer state championship game between Myrtle Beach and Chapin, the outcome was the same in Saturday’s Class 4A Lower State semifinal – a tough one-goal loss for the Seahawks.

Although a more defensive game than last year’s 3-2 Chapin win in the state title match, the Eagles got the game’s only goal in the final minutes of the first half on a nice move and shot by Chapin’s Andrew Gallagher, who beat two defenders and flipped the ball into the back of the net.

In the second half, Myrtle Beach managed to dodge a couple of bullets as the Eagles hit the crossbar on a penalty kick and misfired on a trick free kick. The Seahawks also had several opportunities go by the wayside at the hands of an aggressive Chapin goalkeeper and defense to preserve the 1-0 win.

The Seahawks finish the season at 15-7-1, while Chapin advances to the Lower State finals.

* River Bluff 2, Socastee 1: After prevailing in triple overtime on Thursday, the Braves fell one goal short in double overtime in Saturday’s Class 5A Lower State semifinal to the Gators.

The Braves tied the match up at 1-all to force overtime, but River Bluff tallied the game-winner in the second OT period to advance to the Lower State finals.

Socastee finished the season at 23-4.

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