GREENVILLE — Senior forward Meaghan Carrigan collected a hat trick to lead the Christ Church Cavaliers to a 4-0 victory over the Indian Land Warriors to win the Class AA/A girls soccer Upper State championship on Monday night at Carson Stadium.
“It was good to get off to a good start,” said Carrigan. “We didn’t really know what to expect from them, but we knew we had to play really well today.”
Carrigan chalked up the first goal of the match just 5:20 into the game.
“Megan is a phenomenal player,” Christ Church coach Chris Nichols said. “Our plan coming into every game is to unsettle the other team and get Megan involved early. We really wanted to get out to a fast start. It was the key to the game.”
The senior gave Christ Church a 2-0 advantage with 23:20 left in the first half. Carrigan stole the ball from an Indian Land defender dribbled to her left and put the ball in the left corner of the net.
The University of Richmond signee collected her third goal of the game, 58th goal of the season, with 12:27 left in the first half. Sitton Furman lobbed a pass from the right corner to the middle of the field. Carrigan wiggled her way between multiple defends and guided the ball into the net with her right foot.
Christ Church (20-4) pressured the Warriors’ defense throughout the first half. Indian Land attempted just three shots and trailed 3-0 midway through the match.
Cavaliers’ midfielder Sarah Renfro scored the first goal of the second half with 20:59 left in the game. Furman collected her second assist of the night on Renfro’s goal.
Indian Land (14-5) attempted its first shot of the second half with 9:00 left on the clock.
“I thought we came out flat to start out with,” said Indian Land coach Mark Bonda. “We were riding a high from the St. Joe’s win last Friday. It was tough to get on the bus and make the long ride down here just four days later. We knew it was going to be a difficult game, but the second half was much better than the first half.”
Christ Church will play for the state championship at 3 p.m. on Friday at Gilbert High School.