Senior standout Kallie Peurifoy scored the 99th and 100th goals of her career as Academic Magnet blanked Andrews, 11-0, Wednesday evening at Ravenel Stadium in the second round of the SCHSL Class AA playoffs.
With her 48th-minute strike, Peurifoy became the first girls’ soccer player in Raptors history to reach the century mark.
“It’s awesome,” said Peurifoy, a Virginia Tech signee. “Coming in here, it wasn’t like ‘I have to score my 100th career goal.’ It was more like ‘we have to come in and win each game.’ ”
Remarkably, it wasn’t until after Peurifoy scored a hat trick against Beaufort on April 26 that she was informed of her then-98 career tallies.
“She’s been an incredible addition to our team,” Academic Magnet coach Anna Merriman said of Peurifoy. “Her leadership in terms of her on-field presence really makes the level of everybody else kind of step up to her. The last couple days in practice, she’s been a woman on a mission.”
Academic Magnet will host Barnwell on Friday in the third round.
Maddy Carens got the scoring started when she scored from a tight angle five minutes into the game. Marin Miller converted four minutes later before Becca Bosch one-timed a pinpoint cross from Jesse Dooley into the net as the Raptors took a 3-0 lead within a 15 minutes.
The margin was 7-0 at halftime after Peurifoy, Leslie Thelan, Dooley and Miller found the net.
“We’ve been really focused at practice,” said Merriman, whose squad lost to Wando, 3-0, in the regular season finale on May 2. “I knew (we) would come out really wanting to make a statement in the first game of the playoffs.”
Top-seeded Academic Magnet (20-3) took advantage of an own goal and strikes from Peurifoy, Bosch and Rachel DiGiacomo in a second half that was shortened to 25 minutes.
The Raptors did not allow a shot on goal in the contest.
Barnwell, the No. 4 seed, will visit Academic Magnet on Friday in third-round action.
Goals: Miller 2, Peurifoy 2, Bosch 2, Carens, Thelan, Dooley, DiGiacomo. Records: Academic Magnet 20-3, Andrews 9-8. Next: Academic Magnet hosts Barnwell on Friday.
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