MB-Socastee headlines big Tuesday for region soccer

All six Grand Strand schools’ will see their boys and girls team in action in key region showdowns Tuesday, but none will be bigger than the third meeting of the season between the Myrtle Beach and Socastee boys.

The Seahawks (13-2-1 overall, 6-0 Region VIII-AAA) have won both previous meetings against the Braves, both by 2-1 scores, although the second encounter in the Airport Select Invitational championship game did not count in the region standings.

That means the Braves have a chance to move into a first-place tie with a win on their home turf, not to mention get a small measure of revenge for the previous two losses. Both came by the narrowest of margins, especially the March 6 region match.

The Sewahawks and Braves finished regulation and two overtime periods in a 1-1 stalemate, but Myrtle Beach prevailed in sudden death when Seahawks goalkeeper Jose Arrendondo made three saves on penalty-kick attempts by Socastee.

The stakes were even higher in their April Fool’s Day meeting in Columbia in the Airport title game. With the score once again tied at 1-1 late in the second half, Myrtle Beach’s Max Huggins booted home the game-winner for another 2-1 victory.

But Socastee can turn the tables with a win Tuesday night, following the Lady Seahawks-Lady Braves 5:30 p.m. kickoff. The Myrtle Beach girls have only one region loss and are trying to keep pace with first-place St. James.

In other Region VIII-AAA action on Tuesday, the St. James boys and girls travel to Georgetown for a doubleheader while North Myrtle Beach boys and girls play host to Wilson while looking to improve their playoff standings.

In Region VI-AAAA play, the Carolina Forest boys and girls are coming off disappointing region losses to West Florence with first place on the line, will travel to region foe Sumter. The Conway boys and girls travel to South Florence.

Photo by Jackie Lewis

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