MOUNT PLEASANT -- Sure, there was some drama during Monday's Class AAAA Lower State girls soccer championship featuring No. 2 Lexington vs. top-ranked Wando. But in the end, Wando's domination in the postseason continued.
The Warriors gained a 1-0 victory when Kelsey Timmerman rebounded Becca Lisson's shot and scored in the 73rd minute of the match, which was contested at the Wando Athletic Complex. It was the Warriors' 23rd postseason victory in their last 24 matches as their drive for four state titles in five years remained alive.
The Warriors, who had one of the greatest seasons in state history last spring, upped their record to 23-1 and will play Mauldin at 7 p.m. Friday at Memorial Stadium in Columbia in the title game. Mauldin advanced with a 3-2 overtime victory over Riverside.
Lexington concluded its season with a 21-4-1 record.
Timmerman, a captain, said one of her duties is to "pump the younger players up."
She will play in her fourth state championship on Friday.
"Those who have been there know how awesome it is," she said. "You can't hope for anything better than going to the state."
Scoring the winning goal in the Lower State could be a close second.
"Being a senior, this was the last time I had a chance to play at home," she said. "I knew I had to do something. I was so nervous when I saw the rebound. Everyone was screaming 'Get the rebound,' and I was in the right spot at the right time. I started crying. I was so excited."
Wando coach Shannon Champ was impressed with a Wildcats team that started just one senior.
"I thought Lexington played stellar," she said. "They brought a gameplan to beat us. Fortunately, we were able to follow up a shot their keeper couldn't hold on to."
The Warriors' depth was an advantage. Champ made wholesale substitutions in the 70th minute, including bringing Timmerman back into the game.
"Our depth is huge," Champ said. "Our play and our number of players wear the other team down. That was our strategy last year and continues this year."
Lexington coach Chris Fryland was pleased with his team's effort.
"We have only one senior who started, so their experience might be a little better," he said. "They finished off one chance, and we couldn't finish off any of our chances. They put a lot of pressure on our keeper. They had a girl who was unmarked in the box and when she got the rebound, she blasted it."
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