HS: Southern Coast Cup, Day 3/4

HS: Southern Coast Cup, Day 3/4
by Sheldon Shealer
April 8, 2018
Wando boys soccerWando (S.C.) captured the Southern Coast Cup Wolf Bay Division title on Saturday.


FOLEY, Ala. -- One thing for certain, rain wasn't going to defeat the Southern Coast Cup.

A heavy downpour Saturday morning left organizers scrambling, some teams playing in less than ideal conditions and even a few teams starting and stopping. But, at long last, after a few delays, all matches were played to bring the 78-team event to a close.

The major group winners were Wando (S.C.), Dobyns-Bennett (Tenn.) and Baylor School (Tenn.) for boys; Charlotte Latin (N.C.), Rockwood Summit (Mo.) and Broken Arrow. Westminster Schools (Ga.) boys went 2-0-1 in the same group with Dobyns-Bennett, the two did not play each other, and Westminster lost out on the tiebreaker. Also, Padua Academy (Del.) went 2-0 in the same group with Broken Arrow, which went 3-0. The teams did not face each other, as well.

Perhaps the most bizarre finish belonged to Norman North (Okla.) boys. Norman North wnt 0-0-3 after playing three scoreless matches.

Christian Brothers (Tenn.) got the day started with an 8:30 a.m. contest against Broken Arrow (Okla.) in a driving rain. Taylor Gruber scored the goal and Topher Jones made several key saves to give the Tennessee team the victory and a second-place group finish behind Wando. Due to a school function, Christian Brothers was forced to play in the morning to give the team time to return home, although organizers had planned on a two-hour delay.

As teams went through pre-game drills before the 10 a.m. starts, city officials shut down the fields, forcing already wet teams back into buses and hotels. Play continued at noon with the day's two marquee matches that would decide the Wolf Bay Division boys and girls champions.

Wando (S.C.) kept its win streak alive by rallying for a 2-1 win over Brookwood (Ga.) with second-half goals by underclassmen Tre Jackson and Kevin Wray. 

"These guys really don't accept they are going to lose," Wando coach Shilo Tisdale said. "They have the mentality they have to win. If we get one (goal), it's a brand new game, and they know they'll get a second."

Brookwood struck first with a header on a corner kick on a rain-soaked field. It was the second straight day Wando had fallen behind, but Jackson, who hd a breakthrough tournament, got the equalizer in the second half before Wray's winner.

"These guys are playing under a lot of pressure," Tinsdale added. "No. 1 in the nation, the win streak (now at 42 matches), coming down here and winning a game after they already knew they had the tournament won (by virture of the day's early match). That's saying something.

While Wando was wrapping up its 3-0 showing, Charlotte Latin added to the Carolina success.

Sarah Watson and North Carolina signee Mary Elliott McCabe scored in the first half to carry Latin to a 2-0 win over Eureka (Mo.) in a meeting of undefeated teams for the Wolf Bay Division title.

The following are the collective records by state vs. out-of-state opponents in the top three competitive brackets at the 78-team event: BOYS: South Carolina (3-0), Tennessee (8-1-3), Oklahoma (3-3-3), Georgia (2-4-3), Alabama (1-8-2); GIRLS: Delaware (2-0), North Carolina (2-0), Oklahoma (5-0-1), Missouri (4-1-1), Georgia (2-5), Alabama (1-10). 

DAY 3/4 SUMMARIES (Top 3 divisions)

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Wolf Bay Division

Wando (S.C.) 2, Brookwood (Ga.) 1: W: Tre Jackson, Kevin Wray. B: n/a. 

Christian Brothers (Tenn.) 1, Broken Arrow (Okla.) 0. CB: Taylor Gruber. 

Moccasin Division

Westminster Schools (Ga.) 5, Davidson 0. 

Edmond North (Okla.) 4, McGill-Toolen (Ala.) 1.

Norman North (Okla.) 0, McGill-Toolen (Ala.) 0.

Dobyns-Bennett (Tenn.) 8, Davidson 0. 

Bay La Launch Division

Baylor School (Tenn.) 3, Fairhope (Ala.) 0. 

Collierville (Tenn.) 1, Discovery (Ga.) 1. C: Kelvin Juarez. D: n/a.

Baylor School (Tenn.) 1, Collierville (Tenn.) 0. B: Matheus Maia


Wolf Bay Division

Charlotte Latin (N.C.) 2, Eureka (Mo.) 0. CL: Sarah Watson, Mary Elliott McCabe.

McGill-Toolen (Ala.) 1, Westminster Schools (Ga.) 0. 

Moccasin Division

Rockwood Summit (Mo.) 2, Brookwood (Ga.) 1. 

Norman North (Okla.) 2, Oak Mountain (Ala.) 0. 

Bay La Launch Division

Broken Arrow (Okla.) 7, Grissom (Ala.) 0.

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