Bobcats too much for Green Wave, Swamp Foxes

  • Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Summerville defender Austin Richardson throws a ball in from the sidelines.

The Bluffton boys’ soccer team defeated a pair of Summerville-area teams late last week to move into the lead for Region 8-AAAA.

On Thursday, Bluffton defeated Summerville 4-2. Akeel Crooks scored twice and Sage Cross and Clay Trlina added single goals to lead the Bobcats. The Summerville goals came from captain Walker Riley and junior Edward DeLonge.

Bluffton used its speed to put Summerville keeper Ashton Tanner in some tough positions and go up 2-0 early in the first half. With roughly five minutes remaining before the half, Summerville was awarded a free kick that led to Riley hitting a shot from roughly 10 yards outside of the Bluffton Box. However, Crooks needed less than a minute to answer with his second goal for a 3-1 Bobcat lead.

Less than a minute later, Tanner was issued a red card so the Green Wave had to play the remainder of the match a man down and with its backup keeper.

Summerville cut the lead to 1 in the first 10 minutes of the second half when Ryan West sent a corner kick in and DeLonge headed it into the goal. But Bluffton added a fourth goal halfway through the half and held off several Green Wave attacks.

Summerville dropped to 2-5-0 with a 1-1 mark in the region with the loss.

On Friday, Bluffton improved to 8-0 and 2-0 with a 2-1 victory at Ashley Ridge. The Swamp Foxes fell to 6-3, 0-1.

The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead in the first half and then matched the Swamp Fox effort in the second. Cross scored both Bluffton goals, one of which came on a penalty kick. Freshman Trevor Ryba scored for Ashley Ridge.

Summerville travels to Cane Bay Thursday. Ashley Ridge travels to Beaufort Friday and to Summerville April 8.

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