The first day of play is complete in the inaugural Bryan Ostrower Soccer Showcase at Manchester Meadows, and three area teams claimed wins, while one battled to a tie.
The Indian Land Warriors earned a 1-0 win over Collins Hill from Georgia. The Warriors scored on a penalty kick from Brandon Jacob midway through the second half to register the victory over Georgia’s Class 6A runner-up from a year ago.
“This win is huge for our program,” said Indian Land head coach Adam Cole. “We are excited to be here, because the field is so strong.”
Cole was pleased with his team’s overall performance in the opening game of the year. The coach cited goalie Jake Barton for his exceptional play. Barton had several key saves in the second half to preserve the victory.
The Clover Blue Eagles scored two first half goals and went on to defeat the Andrew Jackson Volunteers 3-0. Fernando Alpizar and Bailey Bottini got the first half goals, and Manny Vargas added one in the second half.
“This is a great way to start the year,” said Clover head coach Graham Stafford. “This win should give us some confidence.”
Stafford had lots of praise for goalie Robert Schreiner, who had several saves and recorded the shutout.
The Rock Hill Bearcats also claimed a win in the first round. Coach Wayne Clark’s team got a goal early in the second half and edged the Lugoff-Elgin Demons 1-0.
The Northwestern Trojans and the Dorman Cavaliers battled to a scoreless tie.
In other boys’ games in the opening round Irmo edged Spartanburg 1-0 and River Bluff defeated Gaffney 3-0.
In the only girls’ contest on the first day, Collins Hill of Georgia topped the Northwestern Trojans 8-0.
Action resumes on Saturday with 11 boys’ games on the schedule and one girls’ contest.
Clover and Collins Hill square off in the only girls’ game at 9 a.m. It is the first game in the event for Clover.
The first boys’ game is set for 9:15. It features Rock Hill against River Bluff.