Clash of the Carolinas
What: Eighteen-player girls' and boys' all-star teams from North Carolina and South Carolina
Where: Blackbaud Stadium
Time: Girls at 2 p.m. Saturday, boys at 4 p.m. Saturday
The South Carolina girls' and boys' teams would like to turn things around in the eighth annual Clash of the Carolinas all-star matches that will be played Saturday at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.
The matches pit 18-player all-star teams from each state, and the Tar Heel teams have enjoyed a decided advantage in recent years. In the girls' matches, North Carolina owns a 5-1-1 lead in the series; the North Carolina boys' team has won the last three years to take a 3-1-3 lead.
The girls' game will start at 2 p.m. while the boys' game is scheduled for 4 p.m.
"It's an honor to be chosen and I'm looking forward to a very, very tough match," said South Carolina girls goalkeeper Logan Nelson, a Wando graduate who has signed with USC Upstate.
"The North Carolina girls are very talented. Two of them have signed with the University of North Carolina. I know it's going to be very intense and challenging."
Nelson said North Carolina's record in the series is well-known by team members and that's even more incentive for the South Carolina girls team.
In addition to Nelson, the South Carolina girls' team includes midfielder Morgan Powers of West Ashley, who has signed with Newberry. The South Carolina girls' team will be coached by Bishop England's Dave Snyder and Josef Lorenz of Dorman.
The South Carolina boys' team also includes goalkeeper Brady Allardice of Academic Magnet (Furman); goalkeeper Stockton Blanchard of Ashley Ridge (Radford); forward Alex Bourland of Wando (Millsaps College); defender Garrett Glaze of James Island Charter (Presbyterian); and defender Darby Martens of Wando (College of Charleston).
Glaze said he feels honored to have been selected for the South Carolina boys team and he and family members have been reaching out to family and friends to let them know about the game.
"It's a great opportunity to represent my state and play with a great bunch of players," said Glaze, who is the first player from James Island Charter to make the team.
"We have all played with and against each other in club, so we know how most of the players play and what their strengths and weaknesses are."