AAAA soccer playoffs: Wando shuts out Fort Dorchester, eyes revenge against Dutch Fork

  • Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Alex Bourland weaves through the Fort Dorchester defense for Wando’s first goal Tuesday. FRANKIE MANSFIELD

Wando shutout Fort Dorchester, 2-0, Tuesday at home in the opening round of the Class AAAA boys soccer playoffs.

The Warriors’ win sets up a second-round rematch with Dutch Fork, who ousted Wando, 2-1, in the second round last season.

Wando (25-1-1) dominated possession throughout the game, constantly pressuring the Patriots’ backline and goalkeeper Josh Smith. Warriors head coach Shilo Tisdale says his only concern was that his team didn’t score more.

“We should have put more in the back of the net,” he said. “We’ve got to put our opportunities away. We’ve got to have quality inside of 18 feet.”

Senior forward Alex Bourland put Wando on top in the ninth minute with a fancy display of dribbling through the defense before firing from 15 feet out.

Tucker Heffron broke free in the 54th minute and crossed a shot off his left foot into the bottom right corner of the net for his 19th of the season.

Fort Dorchester (13-7-1) had its best look at the net in the 49th minute but was quickly sealed off by the Warriors defense before getting a quality shot attempt off.

“All the pressure was on (Wando) tonight,” Fort Dorchester head coach Chris Jones said. “We wanted to try to frustrate them into making mistakes. We were right there in it. We just couldn’t capitalize on their mistakes.”

Dutch Fork won 3-1 at Carolina Forest Tuesday. Armed with the added motivation of their recent tumble down the rankings, Tisdale says his Warriors are excited about their shot at redemption Thursday against the Silver Foxes.

“Losing in the second round last year, our kids realized they can’t take any game for granted,” he said. “They’re fired up and focused right now. The training sessions have been outstanding. They know what’s ahead and they want to come out and prove themselves Thursday.”

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