North Carolina sweeps South Carolina in Clash of the Carolinas

  • Saturday, July 12, 2014

J.L. Mann’s Keaton Hinze (red) and North Carolina MVP Chase Rhode battle for a ball in Saturday’s Clash of the Carolinas. FRANKIE MANSFIELD


The North Carolina Tar Heels swept the South Carolina Sandlappers in the eighth annual Clash of the Carolinas Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.

UNC-Asheville signee Carolina Houser scored in the 79th minute to help North Carolina escape with a 2-1 win in the girls game.

North Carolina controlled possession throughout the match and reeled off 16 shots against South Carolina’s three attempts. Wando’s Logan Nelson tallied 12 saves in goal for South Carolina, five through the first 20 minutes.

“It was a lot of fun to get more action and show everyone what I can do,” Nelson said. “It was bittersweet playing in my last high school game, but we played our hearts out to represent South Carolina.”

Appalachian State signee Lindsay Kubrick struck for North Carolina in the 27th minute from 35 feet away off an overhead pass from Katie Causey.

South Carolina got off just one shot in the second half. But Hilton Head’s Ashley Greene evened the match for South Carolina with a penalty kick in the 70th minute.

Greene was named MVP for South Carolina, while midfielder Natalie Johnson earned the honors for North Carolina. The Tar Heels now hold a 6-1-1 lead in the all-time girls series.

“For girls who have never played together, I was fairly impressed with the effort and play,” South Carolina and Bishop England coach Dave Snyder said. “It looked like we may have done the trick late and walked out of here with a tie, but that’s the game. Still a great experience on and off the field for everyone involved.”

North Carolina took a 2-1 win in the boys game with another strong performance.

The Tar Heels let off 12 shots, seven in the first half, while limiting the Sandlappers to four in the game. Academic Magnet’s Brady Allardice turned in four saves for South Carolina in the first half to earn MVP honors.

“A lot of these people are my friends, so it’s great to play one last game with them,” Allardice said. “I think we played well as a team. (St. Joseph’s midfielder) Brennan (Koslow) was out there playing well. (Wando defender) Darby (Martens) was holding down the back. It was a lot of fun to play in this game.”

Appalachian State signee Will Green broke through with a header from 15 feet out off a cross from Noah Kemble to give North Carolina the lead in the 11th minute. Ryan Turner opened a 2-0 Tar Heels lead in 48th minute with a 25-foot strike.

St. Joseph’s Brennan Koslow broke the shutout for South Carolina off a penalty kick in the 72nd minute. South Carolina threatened in the final minute but couldn’t find the equalizer.

Wake Forest signee Chase Rhode earned MVP for North Carolina. The Tar Heels own a 4-1-3 advantage in the overall boys series.

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