The second day of the inaugural Bryan Ostrower Soccer Showcase unfolded on Saturday at Manchester Meadows, and when the 11 games were completed the pairings had been determined for Sunday’s final round of play.
The Northwestern Trojans, defending state champion Irmo, Riverside, and Clover finished as the top four teams after pool play.
The Trojans capped off the second day of action with a 1-0 decision over the Indian Land Warriors. Bailey Woolley got the winning goal for Northwestern with less than one minute to play.
“We squeezed it out at the end,” said Northwestern coach Dom Wren. “We wanted to find out what we had, and this tournament has done that. I am looking forward to Sunday.”
The Warriors’ second game earlier in the day resulted in a 2-0 loss to the Spartanburg Vikings. That left Indian Land with a 1-2 record for the tournament.
“We are one of the smallest school in the tournament,” said Indian Land coach Adam Cole. “We were in the toughest bracket, and I thought we played well. We made a couple of mistakes in both games today (Saturday), and that cost us. I thought that we played really well defensively.”
The Clover Blue Eagles played a pair of games on Saturday and came away with a win and a loss.
They defeated Spartanburg 3-0 in the first contest. Brandon LaForge scored a goal in each half, and Fernando Alpizar added another in the opening period to lead Clover.
In the second game the Irmo Yellow Jackets defeated the Blue Eagles 2-0. That left Clover with a 2-1 record for the first two days of play.
“The Irmo matchup is what we wanted,” said Clover coach Graham Stafford. “I can see us improving, and I thought we played very well in the second half. Being in this tournament with the excellent competition is helping us. I am looking forward to tomorrow (Sunday).”
The Rock Hill Bearcats played a pair of games on Saturday. Rock Hill lost to River Bluff 2-0, and came back late in the second half to tie the Gaffney Indians 2-2.
Georgie Mendez scored the first goal for the Bearcats in the first half, and Zhenga Deller tied the count with less than a minute remaining against Gaffney.
“We have a got a ways to go,” said Rock Hill coach Wayne Clark. “Being in this tournament has really helped us, because of the quality of the competition.”
In other action on Saturday Irmo defeated Andrew Jackson 2-0, Gaffney toppled Lugoff-Elgin 3-1, Collins Hill beat Dorman 4-0, Riverbluff routed Lugoff-Elgin 7-0, and Spartanburg whipped Andrew Jackson 2-0.
In the only girls’ game of the day Collins Hill from Georgia edged the Clover Blue Eagles 1-0. It was the second win of the event for Collins Hill.
Play resumes on Sunday morning at 9:30 a.m. with the top four teams squaring off in the semifinals.
In the first game Irmo goes against River Bluff, while Northwestern tackles Clover in the second contest. The winners play at 2:15 for the title, while the losers square off at 2 p.m. for third place.
There are also three other games on Sunday.