Bishop England coach Dave Snyder really liked his team’s form in the first 20 minutes of Wednesday night’s playoff opener against visiting Battery Creek.
There was a lot to like.
The Bishops scored five times in those 20 minutes and rolled to an 11-1 win in the second round of the Class AA girls soccer playoffs on Daniel Island.
The key to Bishop England’s hopes of winning a state championship for the first time since 2009 will be to maintain that form deep into potential playoff matchups with rivals Waccamaw and Academic Magnet.
“I was happy with the body of work we got in the first 20 minutes or so,” Snyder said after senior Molly Moriarty scored three goals to lead the Bishops (13-7). “That’s the style we want to play going forward.”
Brittany LaMar and Erin Moriarty scored two goals each for Bishop England, which will host the Waccamaw-Wade Hampton winner on Friday night in the Lower State semifinals.
Then comes a potential rematch with Academic Magnet, which has defeated Bishop England in the Lower State finals the last two years. The clubs met twice during the season, with Academic Magnet claiming wins of 2-1 and 3-0.
“Whoever we play Friday, it will be a challenge,” Snyder said. “It’s my job to keep them focused on that, to make them understand that we’re going to take it 80 minutes at a shot. If we’re lucky enough to get to play Magnet again, so be it. We’ve got to focus on what’s next.”
Taylor Lott, Chelsey White, Anna Navarro and Elena Smith each scored goals for the Bishops, and keeper Juilanne Dahlman did not allow a goal until late in the match.