Bishops march into Lower State final

The Bishop England girls soccer team played 80 minutes of regulation and 30 minutes of overtime against Waccamaw Friday night at Jack Cantey Stadium and then won in penalty kicks.

The teams played to a 3-3 tie, and the Bishops outscored the visitors, 4-1, in penalty kicks.

Now comes the hard part. The Bishops play at Academic Magnet in the Class AA Lower State championship on Monday. The Raptors own nine straight victories over the Bishops, including a 6-0 thumping in last May’s Lower State championship. It was one of the most humbling losses in the program’s proud history.

On Friday, the Bishops jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first half en route to their 14th victory in 20 games. But the match was far from over. Waccamaw forged a 2-2 tie and it seemed like the Bishops had it won in the 79th minute when Julia Shahid’s shot bounced off the post and Molly Moriarty recovered the ball and scored to make it 3-2.

But Waccamaw scored on a goal by Jessica Preedom in the 80th minute to turn an exciting night into a long night.

Coach Dave Snyder, who had seven freshmen on the field at times, brought in freshman keeper Logan Leask for the PK shootout, and she responded by saving two shots.

“She was hurt in the Wando game and wasn’t cleared to play until 15 minutes before tonight’s game,” Snyder said. “Sometimes, you go with what you know.”

Snyder said his team was guilty of some youthful mistakes.

“When we got the 3-2 lead, we should have possessed the ball,” he said. “We should have taken it to their end. But we just didn’t do it. I thought we had control.”