On the opening night of the boys’ soccer playoffs, the teams from Chronicle Country emerged victorious for the most part.
While Brookland-Cayce successfully opened the defense of their Class 3A title, it was an even more perfect Monday for all four Region 5-5A teams, Chapin, River Bluff, Lexington and Dutch Fork, who all won their first-round games.
Girls soccer and both the South Carolina High School League and South Carolina Independent School Association playoffs begin Wednesday.
Brookland-Cayce 10, Aynor 0
Brookland-Cayce, the defending 3A World Cup champion, drove to a win over Aynor in high school soccer at Fort Knox.
“I’m proud of how this team responded in the second half,” said Brookland Cayce head coach Matt Drapeau. “They fought their way through the opposition and won a decisive victory.”
With the win, the Bearcats will host Wednesday’s Academic Magnet.
Brookland-Cayce wasted no time getting on the scoreboard in the first round of the SC High School League Class 3A boys soccer playoffs against the Blue Jackets.
Eduardo Membreno of the Bearcats scored 31:18 in the first half to make it 1-0 for the Bearcats. Less than 2 minutes later, at the 29-51 score, Membreno scored again to lead BC 2-0 over the Blue Jackets.
At 26-10 in the first half, Angel Reyes scored to give Brookland-Cayce a 3-0 lead.
Aynor didn’t make the scoreboard thanks to a stubborn Bearcat defense.
Brookland-Cayce scored early again in the second half. Membreno scored his third goal of the game to put BC 4-0 up 37-24 in the second half.
At the 33-40 mark of the second half, Auston Duncan scored to give the Bearcats a 5-0 lead.
Lawton Powers added another goal for Brookland-Cayce at the 27-20 mark of the second half. About 5 minutes later, Duncan scored his second goal of the game to give BC a 7-0 lead.
Alex Rivera scored 20-32 into the game and the Bearcats led 8-0.
Jose Madrid got on target with 12:54 left and scored again for Brookland-Cayce with 4:27 left for the final tally.
The loss ended the season for Aynor (6-9), fourth-placed from the 7-3A region.
River Bluff 2, St James 0
For nearly 52 minutes, Sharks goaltender Darin Hobsen made it difficult for the hosts, the Gators, to score.
Several potential scoring chances were saved by the junior to keep the game scoreless at half time.
River Bluff eventually found an opening on two entry passes from JJ Burns and Jackson Collins to set up goals in the second half. With Charlie Godwin being equally stingy in goal for the Gators, it was more than enough to get them through to the second round.
“I don’t think we gave up a shot the entire first half,” River Bluff head coach Phil Savitz said. “We probably have good chances ourselves 10:12 and we’re talking about a 0-0 game at half-time. Not the way we imagined it, but in the end it turned out the way it had to be.”
On Wednesday, the well-known nemesis Wando awaits the Gators in Mount Pleasant. The Warriors have won five straight games and seven of the nine meetings in the series.
They are also 3-1 in playoff matchups with River Bluff, the last in 2019.
“It’s like any other game,” Savitz said. “You have to take your chances and limit what they do well to the best of your ability. It’s about physicality and mentality, and if we win those two categories, we’ll play a third round.”
Dutch Fork 2, Carolina Forest 1
Josh Welch scored the assist from Lance Greenlee with 20 minutes left to give the fourth seed Silver Foxes the win over the top seed Panthers.
Greenlee gave Dutch Fork a 1-0 lead after four minutes on a David Liboyi assist. Carolina Forest leveled the match with a penalty 10 minutes into the second half, only for the Silver Foxes to respond 10 minutes later.
Dutch Fork travels to Fort Dorchester for the second round. It is the first playoff meeting between the two schools in a boys’ sport this school year.
Lexington 3, Socastee 0
Frankline Spiers, Kenny Kwitzera and Christian Vallejo all scored for the Wildcats in their first-round road win.
Lexington will travel to Ashley Ridge on Wednesday.
Chapter 7, Sumter 0
The Eagles will host Stratford, a 2-1 overtime win over West Ashley.
Gilbert 5, Loris 1
The Indians advance to the second round of the Class 3A playoffs on Wednesday. You will play at the Oceanside Collegiate Academy.
Batesburg-Leesville 4, Landrum 2
The Panthers travel to St. Joseph’s for the second round of the Class 2A Playoffs.
Waccamaw 10, Swansea 0
West side 2, Irmo 1
SCISA Baseball Playoffs
St. John’s Christian Academy 17, WW King Academy 3
The Knights travel to the loser of Tuesday’s game between Dorchester Academy and Holly Hill Academy in an eliminator on Wednesday.