BY FRANKIE MANSFIELD
Special to The Post and Courier
MOUNT PLEASANT - Wando didn't cash in all its chances Tuesday night, but the Warriors converted enough for a 2-0 victory over Fort Dorchester in Class AAAA high school boys soccer playoffs.
The Warriors' win sets up a second-round rematch with Dutch Fork, which ousted Wando, 2-1, in the second round of the playoffs last season.
Wando (25-1-1) dominated possession throughout against the Patriots, constantly pressuring the backline and goalkeeper Jacob Fladd.
Warriors head coach Shilo Tisdale says his only concern was that his team didn't score more.
"We should have put more in the back of the net," he said. "We've got to put our opportunities away. We've got to have quality shots inside of 18 feet."
Senior forward Alex Bourland put Wando on top in the ninth minute with a fancy display of dribbling through the defense before firing from 15 feet out.
Tucker Heffron broke free in the 54th minute and crossed a shot off his left foot into the bottom right corner of the net for his 19th of the season.
Fort Dorchester (13-7-1) had its best look at the net in the 49th minute but was quickly sealed off by the Warriors' defense before getting a quality shot attempt off.
"All the pressure was on (Wando) tonight," Fort Dorchester coach Chris Jones said. "We wanted to try to frustrate them into making mistakes. We were right there in it. We just couldn't capitalize on their mistakes."
Dutch Fork won 3-1 at Carolina Forest on Tuesday. Armed with added motivation from their recent tumble down the rankings - from No. 1 in the nation to No. 12 - the Warriors are excited about their shot at redemption Thursday against the Silver Foxes.
"Losing in the second round last year, our kids realized they can't take any game for granted," he said. "They're fired up and focused right now. The training sessions have been outstanding. They know what's ahead and they want to come out and prove themselves Thursday."