Thursday, May 9, 2013
With a pair of sisters leading the way Wednesday, South Aiken handed Ashley Ridge its fourth and final loss of the season.
The Thoroughbreds defeated Ashley Ridge 5-1 in the second round of the Class AAAA girls’ soccer playoffs. South Aiken (19-2-1) advances to the third round to host Wando (17-1-1) Friday while Ashley Ridge (14-4) was eliminated from the playoffs.
“South Aiken plays top-ranked opponents all year long so I think they were probably a little bit more prepared for this game,” Ashley Ridge coach Mark Weaver said. “There are three other Top 15 teams in their region and that showed tonight. Also they were a little more physical than us but in our fifth year I can’t say enough about the way our girls played. That we can play with a team like South Aiken shows how much this team has grown.”
Senior Alania Gay and freshman Miranda Gay scored two goals each for South Aiken and Jessica Schifer scored her 40th goal of the season and added two assists. The lone Ashley Ridge goal was scored by sophomore Amelia Clower.
South Aiken didn’t have to work that hard to take a 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes of play.
The Thoroughbreds sent a ball toward the Ashley Ridge goal that looked like a cross but it curved over the heads of the Swamp Fox defenders and into the goal. Less than two minutes later a Swamp Fox defender collided with a driving South Aiken player just inside the penalty box. The center official awarded a penalty kick that Schifer hit for the 2-0 lead.
South Aiken added two more goals to take a 4-0 advantage into the half.
“The tone was set when they scored those early goals,” Weaver said. “None of them were just amazing goals or anything, they just found the back of the net and that is the thing about South Aiken is they take advantage of their opportunities. You can’t let a good team get up on you like we did tonight but our girls came out in the second half and played them to a 1-1 tie so I’m proud of them for that. They came out and played good soccer.”
Freshman Swamp Fox keeper Allyson Manns had a dozen saves on the night but South Aiken starter Morgan Jara didn’t yield a single goal. It wasn’t until after Jara was pulled that Ashley Ridge scored.
Clower charged the goal with just under seven minutes remaining and put a ball into the left corner of the net to put the Swamp Foxes on the score board.
Ashley Ridge did create other scoring opportunities. The team was awarded multiple corner kicks and had multiple shots sail either wide or high.
In the first half Cassidy Govan put a shot into the net but the play drew an offside call. In the second half Sara Goodwin sank a shot but that play also drew an offside call.
All of the Swamp Foxes’ losses this season came to quality opponents – Wando, West Ashley, James Island Charter School and South Aiken.
“The three losses we had in 4-A were all to Top 15 teams,” Weaver said. “You can’t hang your hat on something like that but I think as a young program coming up we are ready to take that next step. We had an amazing season. To win the region the way we did and play as hard as we did all season, I think we are ready to spring board off that.”
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