The Fort Mill High School girls soccer team will have some tough competition to beat if they are to repeat as champions at the Fort Mill Invitational that runs Friday through Sunday at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill.
Fort Mill won the tournament last year with a 3-1 victory over Hilton Head.
The Yellow Jackets will play Charlotte Catholic in one of Friday's final matches at 8:30 p.m. and then take on Providence (N.C.) at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The eight-team Blue Division will be seeded at the end of the day on Saturday based on the results of their two games. Teams will receive three points for a win, one for a draw and goal differential will be a factor.
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Five more York County schools are in the mix; Nation Ford, Clover, Northwestern, Rock Hill and Westminster Catawba Christian.
Perennial North Carolina powers from outside the Charlotte-area are Forsyth Country Day (Lewisville), A.C. Reynolds (Asheville) and Crest (Shelby). They will join regional powers Charlotte Catholic, Marvin Ridge, Providence, Weddington, Mooresville and newcomer Hough.
The most intriguing match is set for 8 p.m. Saturday when Marvin Ridge takes on Stratford Academy out of Macon, Ga.
Both schools are defending state champions.
Marvin Ridge won the North Carolina 3A title last season and was ranked No. 6 nationally. The Mavericks finished the season 24-0.
Stratford Academy took the Georgia Independent 3A state championship for its 12th state title. T
he team is off to a 5-0 start with four All-State players back from last year's squad. Sophomore Allie Halle leads the 2011 Eaglettes with 16 goals and three assists.
Tickets are $6 for a one-day pass and $10 for a weekend pass.
This is the fifth year of the Fort Mill Invitational, sponsored by Wachovia.
At 24 teams, this is the largest field in the history of the event. High schools from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia will be participating as well as four local middle schools - Fort Mill, Gold Hill, Springfield and Oakridge.