Swamp Fox Girls fall in third round

Goalkeeper Tiernan Routhier makes a save for the Swamp Foxes during their 5-1 playoff win over Chapin.

The Ashley Ridge Girls Soccer team won two playoff matches but couldn’t get past Wando.

The Swamp Foxes fell 2-0 to Wando in Mount Pleasant May 3 to be eliminated from the Class AAAAA playoffs. The Warriors advanced to face River Bluff May 6 in the Lower State Championship match.

As the Region 8-AAAAA Champion, Ashley Ridge opened the playoffs with a 7-1 victory over visiting Cane Bay April 29.

The Swamp Foxes then topped Chapin 5-1 during the second round May 1.

“We were solid all over the field tonight and that is what we’ve been trying for,” Ashley Ridge co-captain Olivia Hughes said. “We made a few mistakes, but then made up for them.”

Ashley Ridge received a pair of goals from co-captain Campbell Gibson to take a 2-0 lead into the half.

“I got it off the line on a throw in and looked over and saw Jordan (Hardy) was wide open in the middle so I knew the opportunity was there for me to run through the channel and take a shot,” Gibson said of the first goal. “I nailed it with my left foot and then said a little prayer. When I looked up I saw it go into the back of the net.”

Her second goal, the game-winner, came with 18:30 remaining in the first half. A ball took a high bounce in front of the net and Gibson leaped up and headed a shot over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net.

The Swamp Foxes went up 3-0 early in the second half when Hardy scored with an assist from Addi Wells.

Kylie Crosby put Chapin on the board with just under 16 minutes remaining in the match.

Less than a minute later, freshman Katie Zailski answered with a goal that put Ashley Ridge up 4-1.

With less than seven minutes remaining, freshman Emily Tartt scored with an assist from junior Sloan Weaver for the 5-1 margin.

Ashley Ridge finished the season with a 16-6 record. The Swamp Foxes swept their region matches.

In addition to its two captains, Ashley Ridge will lose seven seniors to graduation. The team stands to return 11 varsity lettermen next season.