COLUMBIA — Wando's mastery over the Mauldin Mavericks is over — for now.
The Mauldin girls soccer team defeated two-time defending Class AAAA state champion Wando, 2-1, on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.
It marked the first time in six state champ-ionship matches that Mauldin managed to beat the Warriors.
"I was aware of that," Mauldin coach Kevin Czar said. "I didn't tell my girls, but I was aware of it."
The Warriors beat the Mavericks in the state championship in 1994, '95, 2000, '04 and '08 before finally falling Friday night. Mauldin posted a 19-2 record this spring. Wando ended with a 21-1-2 record.
Wando junior Madeline Fellabom scored on a penalty kick in the 45th minute, but Mauldin came right back to tie it on a goal by Lauren Young just 14 seconds later.
The momentum swing was huge.
"The girls have no quit in them," Czar said. "It doesn't matter if it's conditioning. It doesn't matter if it's practice. It doesn't matter if it's a game. I said it at the beginning of the year, and I'll say it now: The girls have no quit in them. They never back down from a challenge."
Wando dodged disaster in the 48th minute when Wando sophomore keeper Amelia Henderson deflected Allison Nelson's shot over the crossbar.
Henderson left the box and Young had an open shot but missed a goal in the 50th minute. But Mauldin took a 2-1 lead in the 52nd minute when Sarah Schaidle scored on an assist from Young.
"We had that little breakdown after we scored on the penalty kick," Wando coach Shannon Champ said. "We lost our composure, and it's hard to come back from that. We broke down those two times, and that's why they are state champs."
Wando keeper Henderson made a diving stop to save a goal in the 67th minute, but the Warriors couldn't come up with a goal. Fellabom and Brook Lisson had scoring opportunities in the last minute but all-state keeper Morgan Hert recorded two impressive saves.
The loss was disappointing, but the Warriors lose only two players next year.
"I'm extremely proud of my team," Champ said. "After losing six seniors and two players who transferred, we made it to the state championship. I have 19 players back next year plus a great junior varsity team, so we'll be back. I guarantee it."