Soyebo’s hat trick lifts Swamp Foxes over Green Wave

  • Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Roger Lee/Journal Scene Ashley Ridge junior Lenny Miret tries to head a shot in against TL Hanna on Wednesday.

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Ashley Ridge defeated Summerville 3-0 in the championship game Thursday to claim the first Lowcountry Cup title.

The Swamp Foxes hosted the inaugural boys’ soccer spring break tournament April 16 and 17 at the Ashley Ridge stadium and practice fields. This year’s tournament featured eight teams from multiple divisions.

Sophomore Britt Soyebo put an exclamation mark on a great tournament performance by scoring all three goals against Summerville in the championship game. Senior keeper Stockton Blanchard had the shutout in goal, his third of the week.

“We are extremely proud to have won our tournament in its inaugural year,” Ashley Ridge coach Nate Harris said. “Britt Soyebo scored five goals for us, highlighted by a natural hat trick against Summerville. Stockton Blanchard and the defense were very solid as always. The midfielders made every adjustment I asked of them and the strikers provided constant pressure on opposing defenses.”

Prior to the finals, Ashley Ridge defeated R.B . Stall (2-1) and TL Hanna (1-0) and tied Walhalla (0-0) to garner 20 points and win the Cardinal Pool. R.B. Stall placed second in the pool with 17 points followed by Walhalla with 9 and TL Hanna with 5.

Summerville defeated West Ashley (3-0) and White Knoll (2-0) and fell to Seneca (3-1) but also finished pool play with 20 points to win the Gold Pool. Seneca finished with 18 points to place second in the pool. Trailing were West Ashley with 17 points and White Knoll with 1.

“We are very pleased with the tournament,” Harris said. “We had lots of close games, and each pool was contested to the last game. We have many of the teams very interested in returning to next year’s tournament.”

Ashley Ridge improved its record to 12-3-1 and entered this week with a 3-1 mark in Region 8-AAAA. The Swamp Foxes played in Bluffton after press time and travel to Fort Dorchester on Friday.

Summerville entered this week with a 6-9-2 record and a 2-2 mark in the region. The Green Wave played at Colleton County after press time Tuesday and host Beaufort on Friday.

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