Eagles edge ILHS girls for Upstate soccer crown

Indian Land High’s Finley Reginato prepares to take a shot on goal as Eastside High School keeper Ava Wilson focuses on the play. The Lady Warriors lost 1-0 to the EHS Eagles in the Class AAAA Upper State soccer title match Tuesday, May 10, at Warriors Stadium.

INDIAN LAND — One goal proved to be enough for Eastside High School to earn a tough win and a bid to the Class AAAA girls soccer state title match.

Eastside, 17-4, scored a first-half goal to edge Indian Land High School, 1-0, for the Class AAAA Upper State championship at IL’s Warrior Stadium on Tuesday, May 10.

Eastside High’s Camille Carter, on an assist from Payton Nutzman, tallied from 12 yards out in the first half for what proved the lone goal of the hard-fought match.

“Indian Land is a phenomenal team and they played their hearts out,” said Eastside High coach David Craig. “They’re very skilled and Greg (Boney, IL coach) has done an outstanding job with his team.”

The Lady Warriors, who prevailed in an intense shootout with A.C. Flora High School of Columbia to advance to face Eastside, had their chances.

During the match, the IL girls had several shots at the goal, but couldn’t convert.

“We battled all the way,” Boney said. “Soccer is a beautiful game, but it can be cruel. I think if we play 10 times, we would win five and they would win five. It was that close — a battle.”

ILHS junior keeper Carrigan McCloud kept the Lady Warriors in the match with 12 saves.

“We dug deep,” Craig said. “We knew it would be a tough match.”

Boney said he’s proud of the Lady Warriors, who went 12-7 and were the Region III-AAAA co-champions with Catawba Ridge High School of Fort Mill.

The match marked the final contest for ILHS seniors Kylie Basik, Matte Baile Tripp, Kinsey Bishop and Julia Jordan.

“Our girls have a lot to be proud of this season,” Boney said. “Eastside plays with a lot of heart and passion, but the Warriors were equal with their amount of heart. We’re a young team and look forward to the future.”

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