Tuesday, April 29, 2014
The Ashley Ridge girls’ soccer team earned a 2-0 victory over Fort Dorchester Friday to put itself in prime position to claim the Region 8-AAAA championship.
The Lady Patriots were in first place for the region entering the game but the loss resulted in a tie between Fort Dorchester (8-5, 5-2) and Ashley Ridge (7-4, 5-2) for the top spot.
Both teams entered this week with three region games remaining, but since the Swamp Foxes have two wins over the Patriots the tiebreaker belongs to Ashley Ridge.
Beaufort (9-8-1, 4-3) and Bluffton (8-6-1, 4-2) are also still mathematically in the hunt for the region crown.
“This was big for us,” Ashley Ridge coach Mark Weaver said. “Now if we win out we will be the region champs. We recently made a change to our lineup and it has made a difference. We moved Sara Goodwin to the offensive mid position and moved Amelia Clower to the wing. Both embraced the change and have excelled in those positions. We also moved Lexi Sanchez up top and her speed and skill have helped us put a lot of pressure on the defenses we are facing.”
Cassidy Govan scored the first goal against the Patriots in the 23 minute. Amelia Clower had an assist on the goal.
“I saw Amelia take it down the line and I knew she was going to shoot it so I moved in,” Govan said. “It hit off the keeper so I just tipped it in.”
The Patriots had some opportunities near the goal the remainder of the half but couldn’t put a shot in the net and entered the second half trailing 1-0.
Both teams created scoring opportunities in the second half but the only other goal came with just more than 17 minutes remaining.
Freshman Anna Moses sent a corner kick toward the goal and someone headed it but the shot was deflected. The deflection landed in front of senior Bo Erickson and she quickly put it into the net for the 2-0 margin.
Mollie Smith had the shutout in goal. “Mollie took over in goal due to an injury and has played phenomenally the last few games,” Weaver said.
Ashley Ridge travels to Summerville May 2 and hosts Colleton County May 6. Fort Dorchester travels to Bluffton May 2 and hosts Summerville May 6.