Here's a strange but true fact about Wando boys soccer, one of the most successful programs in state history.
The Warriors have won just about every type of tournament there is to win, including the Class AAAA state championship. But when it came to their own tournament -- the Carolina Soccer Classic -- the Warriors had never even reached the championship game in the first 10 years of the tournament's history.
But that all changed Sunday when the Warriors defeated Fort Dorchester 3-2 in overtime in the semifinal and then blanked Brookland-Cayce 4-0 in the championship at Patriots Point.
The Warriors, who were ranked No. 3 in the coaches' preseason poll, went 5-0 in the tournament.
They beat Summerville 4-1 on Friday and picked up a pair of 4-0 victories on Saturday against perennial SCISA power Pinewood Prep and High School League member Myrtle Beach.
"The guys played well," coach Shilo Tisdale said. "I was curious to see how they would do. We played Bishop England last week in the Rotary Classic and lost. But we changed some formations and tactical points and that worked this weekend."
The team is deep with 22 players on the roster. And it is a young team with only four healthy seniors: Eric Fornell, Alex Nutley, Patch Byron and Casey Schumberger.
Fornell was the tournament MVP with seven goals, while Brandon Burkholder also scored seven goals. Sophomore Hunter Green and junior Teddy Weil split keeper duties and were outstanding.
Tisdale also praised the defensive effort of Nutley.
Tisdale said the team has 22 players and that each player has the talent to make a contribution.
"It doesn't affect us if we make a substitution. In fact, we can benefit from it.
"Today was a big step for us," he added. "Our goal is to win three trophies, and this was the first one. We also want to win the Palmetto Cup and the state championship."