Myrtle Beach shuts down Warriors in season debut

Sloppy field and weather conditions led to a sloppy start to the regular season for the Myrtle Beach girls soccer team. But the Lady Seahawks scored four unanswered goals in the second half to overcome the elements and host Waccamaw 4-0 on a wet Wednesday night in Pawleys Island.

Frustrated in the first half by Waccamaw senior goalkeeper and Virginia Tech commitment Sarah Allston Phillips, Myrtle Beach finally broke through in the second half on a goal by senior Tristan Gordon. She began her quest to eclipse coach Blair Mueller’s all-time Horry County scoring record with the go-ahead goal.

That opened the floodgates and the rain clouds as Myrtle Beach got some big performances from freshmen. Kinsey McGonigal scored a pair of goals, including a hard shot off the post that got past a diving Phillips. Fellow freshman Hanna Weissman, making her debut from the girls basketball team, also scored a goal.

The Lady Seahawks saw some other basketball newcomers in action for the first time, including junior goalkeeper Asia Smith. The 6-footer, who averaged a double-double during the Myrtle Beach hoops team’s playoff run, showed she has the skills to play between the pipes as well as in the low post. She split time with Mary Quinn Fullwood, and both made a couple of nice saves for a combined shutout.

Myrtle Beach, ranked No. 6 in Class 4A, returns to action next week against a pair of local Class 5A rivals – at Socastee on Tuesday and at home against Carolina Forest on Wednesday.

Photo by Janet Morgan/myhorrynews

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