The Boys Soccer team sought to beef up their non-region schedule this year, in an attempt to ascend to the top of the very competitive Region 8-AAAA.
After early season games with 5A Powerhouses Fort Dorchester, West Ashley and James Island, and a long trip to #3 state ranked 4A team Hartsville, The Warriors felt ready for the demanding region schedule.
After dropping a close 1-2 match at #14 ranked Beaufort to start the region schedule, The Warriors knocked off Berkeley and Cane Bay in close games. A 0-3 loss to #10 Hilton Head stopped the momentum, before a 6-1 win at home against Colleton County.
In Region 8-AAAA soccer, each team plays the other teams in the region twice. With Beaufort pulling an upset of Hilton Head on Tuesday night, the Warriors have a chance to throw the whole region in chaos with a revenge win against the Eagles Friday night at Lynda Davis Field.
A win for the Warriors would force a three way tie at the top of the region.
With five region games to play, many things can still happen. The best case scenario would be to win the region, but a top two finish would secure a home playoff game for the first time in five years.
The tough non-region schedule not only served to put the Warriors into tough situations before the crucial region games, but served to educate the three freshmen that start for the Warriors.
Freshman Tayrll Jackson leads the team with 10 goals; fellow Freshman Norlan Gallegos plays in the midfield and is a creative playmaker, and Freshman Julian Gonzales has started 8 of the 11 games in goal for the Warriors.
“After playing a schedule like that, and the minutes they are playing, they are not Freshmen anymore,” said Coach Daniel Holbrook.