Clash of the Carolinas
Where: Blackbaud Stadium
Time: Girls game is at 1 p.m., boys at 3 p.m.
Local Boys players: Erik Clark, Wando; Andrew Davis, Wando; Wyatt Ball, Academic Magnet.
Local Girls players: Baker Walls, Academic Magnet; Rachel Torlay, Wando; Melissa McCool, Wando.
If Andrew Davis’ college English professor asks him to write that tried and true term paper, “What I did over my summer vacation,” Davis might nail it by writing, “What summer vacation?”
It’s been all work and the not-so-fun variety of play since the former Wando High School soccer standout graduated on June 6. He will play soccer for the Gamecocks and has been working out every day.
“I have been training for USC,” said Davis who will play in Saturday’s Clash of the Carolinas soccer all-star game at Blackbaud Stadium and then matriculate to Columbia on Monday. “My summer’s been cut short. But if you love soccer, it’s worth it. And I love soccer.”
The seventh annual Clash of the Carolinas features the top seniors in South Carolina vs. the top seniors in North Carolina. It is the only interstate all-star soccer match in the country. The event, sponsored by South Carolina United FC, will begin at 1 p.m. with the girls game, while the boys match is set for 3 p.m.
Davis is not looking past Saturday even as his trip to college looms on the horizon.
“It’s been something I’ve been looking forward to,” said Davis, an All-Lowcountry and all-state selection. “When I was a freshman, I remember playing with and against players who were selected to play. It’s an honor and I am very fortunate. I think it’s going to be really cool to meet all the top players in the Carolinas.”
Davis played on the varsity team for four years and helped the Warriors post a 100-17 record during the stretch. He was on the team that won the state title in 2011 and finished as runners-up in 2012.
He’s a 6-2, 187-pound defensive specialist, so his statistics aren’t gaudy.
But his value to the team is reflected in how few goals the Warriors allowed. Opponents managed just 32 scores in 54 games his junior and senior seasons.
He also played club soccer for U.S. Development Academy, South Carolina United, and coaches Clark Brisson and Rob Strickland (2011-2013).
But Davis is more than soccer. He has a 4.2 GPA and was a member of the National Beta Club from 2010-12 and is a member of the Wando SAT Wall of Fame.
Local players on the South Carolina girls roster include Melissa McCool and Rachel Torlay of Wando, and Baker Walls of Academic Magnet.
Peter Heusinger of Stratford is co-coach of the Sandlapper team.
Local players on the South Carolina boys roster include Wyatt Ball of Academic Magnet and Erik Clark and Davis of Wando.
Stephen Jackson of West Ashley is co-coach of the South Carolina boys team.
The Tar Heels own a 5-1 advantage in the girls series and captured a 2-1 victory in 2012.
North Carolina holds a 2-1-3 lead in the boys series after blanking the Sandlappers, 1-0, last summer.
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