Socastee tops Myrtle Beach for Soccer at the Beach title

mbsoc-7socThe championship of the Soccer at the Beach tournament turned out to be a renewal of a long-running local rivalry and a dramatic finish to determine the title to the three-day event.

Socastee’s Jake Perito headed home a perfect throw-in from Konner Price in the final 5 minutes for the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Myrtle Beach on its home field at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

The Braves (14-3), ranked No. 13 in Class 4A, went 4-0 in the tournament and avenged earlier home loss to the Seahawks (10-2-1), who are ranked No. 2 in Class 3A. The rematch proved to be one for the history books.

Socastee got on the scoreboard shortly after the 9 a.m. kickoff as Chris Matlashewski assisted Perito for an early 1-0 advantage. The Braves made it stand up until the 85-minute mark when the Seahawks tied it up and appeared to have the momentum.

But Price scooped up an out-of-bounds ball and threw a high, arcing pass into the goal face, where Perito outleaped the defense and headed the game- and championship-winner into the top right corner. Socastee’s defense, led by goalkeeper Cole Renfrow’s 14 saves, held off Myrtle Beach in final minutes to claim the trophy of the eight-team tournament.

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