COLUMBIA -- Once again, Wando had Mauldin's number. That means Wando is No.1 and state champs.
The Warriors girls soccer team defeated Mauldin, 1-0, on Friday night at Memorial Stadium as the teams battled in the Class AAAA state championship for the fourth straight year and the seventh time since the High School League sanctioned the sport 1991.
And once again, the Warriors were the victors. They won their second straight state title and third in four years -- all at the expense of the Mavericks.
"I knew it would be a hard game," Wando coach Shannon Champ said. "They exposed us at times. They gave us a lot of scares."
Wando is 6-1 overall in title games against the Mavericks.
The Warriors finished with a 23-1 record to give them a two-year mark of 49-1-1.
The Warriors have allowed only five goals the past two seasons.
Senior keeper Amelia Henderson capped her career with another shutout, while sophomore Rachel Torlay scored the only goal of the match in the 22nd minute.
"It's awesome to go out as a state champs," Henderson said. "It's the most amazing feeling you can have. We worked hard to get here.
"We had some bumps along the way. To win the state championship your senior season is unbelievable."
Champ said Henderson is fortunate to have 10 solid players in front of her.
"When one does get past them, she will do anything to keep the ball out of the goal. She gives it her all," Champ said.
Wando, which has 24 victories in its last 25 playoff games, took a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when Torlay scored from 7 yards on an assist from Becca Lisson. Both teams had chances but couldn't covert. Torlay had Wando's goal in regulation last year, scoring on a penalty kick in the 51st minute. Wando won that game, 2-1, in a penalty kick shootout that went 11 rounds
"I didn't expect my shot to go in," Torlay said. "I didn't hit it hard. But it was awesome to score against them again."
The Warriors had an impressive playoff run, outscoring opponents 17-1.
They beat Spring Valley, 5-1, in the first round, and followed it up with four consecutive shutouts: 7-0 over White Knoll; 3-0 over Dutch Fork; 1-0 over Lexington and 1-0 over Mauldin.
The Mavericks had their chances late in the game.
Sarah Tuggle's shot in the 74th minute looked promising, but Rebecca Sisson blocked her shot. The Mavericks had a corner kick two minutes later, but could not convert.
"You've got two of the premier programs playing," Mauldin coach Kevin Czar said. "When you have a one-goal game, it usually means one team get a break and one doesn't. It seemed like we had more chance.
"They just put one in early and rode it out."