Who is Nation Ford?
It's a question that likely echoed around Falcons' athletic events last season as the first-year school tried to make a name for itself.
For the Nation Ford girls soccer team, it's a question they may not have to deal with for much longer.
The Lady Falcons sprinted out of the gate this season, routing crosstown Indian Land 9-0 in their season-opening match and winning the Wateree Kickoff Classic soccer tournament at Lugoff-Elgin last weekend.
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"It's a good way to start the season," Head Coach Ben Jacklin said. "We looked solid and played well."
Nation Ford went 4-0 in the tournament and unveiled an explosive offense in the process.
Senior Katie Kozlowski led the Falcons in the opening match, scoring three goals in her first game since making the switch to soccer from the school's region champion basketball team.
"In the first game, it's important to come out on top, set the tone for the season," Kozlowski said. "We have a lot of work to do, but I think we'll be really good this year."
Senior Aly Schearer and freshman Ellen Bright also knocked in two goals each in the season opener.
"We got a lot of goals from a lot of different people. As long as we're playing hard and having fun - that's what it's all about," Kozlowski said.
After the 9-0 win in the first round, the Falcons beat Andrew Jackson 7-0 and shut out host Lugoff-Elgin 9-0 before matching up with Richland-Northeast in the final.
The Falcons won the championship game in a closer contest, 4-2.
"We ended on a good note. The last game was a really good, competitive game," Jacklin said.
Jacklin said he was pleased by the way his offense executed in the first weekend of competition, putting up 29 goals in three days.
"We started off in a safer system, got everybody loose. The girls got used to each other quickly though - they kind of broke through," he said.
For the Indian Land girls team, the tournament was all about experience.
"This only makes us better. It prepares us for the 1A and 2A competition," Warriors Head Coach Mark Bonda said. "I was happy with their effort. The girls kept their heads up and played hard against a tough opponent. Nation Ford is a good program."
In other season opening tournament action, the Indian Land Boys soccer team won the Rose City Soccer Tournament at Andrew Jackson over the weekend, defeating Lancaster 2-0 and shutting out the host school, 2-0.
Sergio Esparrago began his first season on the team with a fast start, scoring three of the team's four goals in the tournament.
Luke Lambert contributed a goal and two assists in the pair of opening games.
Goalkeeper Patrick Sweatt and defender Brandon Smith also had a great tournament, not allowing a single goal over the weekend, Head Coach Adam Cole said.
The Fort Mill boys soccer team went 2-0-1 in their opening matches in Mt. Pleasant. The Jackets shut out Cardinal Newman 3-0, played Hilton Head to a draw, 1-1, and in a top five matchup, defeated Wando, ranked third in the state, 2-1.