Wednesday, March 5, 2014
The Lady Panthers claimed the Azalea Soccer Tournament championship trophy last weekend.
“I was thrilled that we came away from the tournament as Champions,” Pinewood coach Gail Osborne said. “The full squad only came together last week after the basketball season finished so to win three games was terrific. The girls’ deserved the win. They all played so hard and what I liked is how they did not give up. I am excited for the season.”
On Friday evening, Pinewood played Stall High school and won 9-0. Sarai Bowman and Brittany Miles both scored two goals each for the Lady Panthers while Kaley Katsanis, Katie Black, Kaylee Kemp, Summer Ricciardi and Caroline Chester added a goal each. Sophomore Hannah Miner recorded the shut out in goal.
On Saturday, Pinewood moved into the winner’s bracket and played Airport High School from Columbia.
Pinewood went ahead 1-0 in the first half on a goal from forward Charlotte Ring. But Airport was able to get back in the game in the second half when Pinewood was unable to clear a ball and Airport found the back of the net to tie the game at 1-1.
Pinewood kept working through wet, muddy conditions until Ring scored again with about seven minutes to go. She received a pass at the top of box and as she struck the ball was fouled in the process. However, there was enough pace on the ball to get it to the back of the net and Pinewood hung on for the 2-1 victory.
Later that day, Pinewood played James Island High school in the final. Both teams had chances with Pinewood goalkeeper Hannah Miner making a terrific save in the second half to keep the Panthers in the game.
After 80 minutes of scoreless soccer, the final moved into two periods of overtime. With two minutes left in the second OT period and the game seemingly destined for penalty kicks once again Ring found herself with the ball at the edge of the 18. She dribbled in and managed to get around the James Island keeper and from a tight angle the ball squeezed into the goal.
Ring was named the tournament MVP. Samantha Hilleshiem,
Bowman and Black were also named to the all-tournament team.
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