No. 1 Socastee tops No. 9 St. James; faces No. 3 MB

Any questions about whether the No. 1-ranked Socastee High boys soccer team might be looking ahead to Tuesday night’s showdown against No. 3 Myrtle Beach were quickly put to rest by a tough No. 9 St. James squad on Monday.

The Braves (8-0, 1-0) and Sharks engaged in an intense defensive battle that was decided by Socastee’s Demitri Leftis, who booted home a loose ball in front of the St. James net in the 40th minute for the lone goal of the match.

St. James goalkeeper Haywood Brandon made seven saves and kept the Sharks in it except for the game-winner off the quick-footed Leftis. The Sharks were unable to break through to force extra time with their region rivals.

Socastee’s 1-0 victory in the region opener for both teams sets the stage for Tuesday night’s showdown with Myrtle Beach at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. The Sharks (5-3, 0-1) travel to West Florence on Wednesday.

Girls

* St. James 2, Socastee 1: The Lady Sharks captured their first victory of the season over the rival Lady Braves. Heather Kyker scored the lone goal for Socastee.

Photo by Joel Beachum

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