Sunday, June 29, 2014
The South earned a year's worth of bragging rights over the North with a sweep of the North-South Soccer Classic Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium.
Bishop England's Julia Shahid led the South, a Lower State all-star squad, to a 3-1 win as the Most Valuable Player of the girls game.
Shahid broke the scoreless tie with a goal from 18 feet out off an assist from Swansea's Hanna Meredith in the 49th minute. Three minutes later, Shahid found Ashley Ridge's Sara Goodwin for the point-blank goal to open a 2-0 South lead.
“I wasn't really expecting to play much,” Shahid said. “I was really nervous but it finished fine.”
Eastside's Briana Hunter corralled an overhead floater into the back of the net to break the shutout for the North in the 64th minute. But Dutch Fork's Madison Salters answered for the South in the 75th with a deflection off the North keeper.
“We were passing really well and connected,” Wando's Allie Winglosky said. “It's hard when you haven't played with a bunch of people because you need that chemistry on the field, but that's what this is all about.”
Boiling Spring goalkeeper Savannah Humphries earned MVP honors for the North with 13 saves. The win is the fourth straight for the girls South squad, who took a 9-7-2 in the all-time series.
One goal would be enough in the boys game, as the South took a 1-0 win over the North.
Lexington's Brett Smith put the South on top off a header assist from Wando's Jackson Karolczyk in the 43rd minute.
The lone keeper for the South, Ashley Ridge's Stockton Blanchard was a wall in goal, fending off a late fury of high-flying shot attempts and back-heel touches to preserve the shutout win.
For Wando senior Chris Corontzes, winning one last game with his high school coach, Shilo Tisdale, manning the sideline was the ultimate close to his prep career.
“I definitely wanted to get the win for him,” Corontzes said.
Swansea's Arthur Myers earned MVP honors for the South team that continues to gain ground in the overall series with wins in four of the last five years. The North still leads 15-9-2 all-time.
“For them to get to this game shows they have something special about them,” Tisdale said. “It takes work and diligence to succeed in anything. They showed it out here and it shows they've got that in the real world as well.”