Peurifoy was clutch for Raptors

Girls’ soccer player of the year Kallie Peurifoy, Academic Magnet photographed Wednesday May 29, 2013. (Grace Beahm/postandcourier.com)

Grace Beahm

Academic Magnet’s Kallie Peurifoy is a prolific scorer with 47 goals this season and 105 for her career.

Not only that, Peurifoy has a penchant for scoring goals when the soccer game is on the line.

“The first time I saw Kallie pull us through was the quarterfinals of the 2011 playoffs against Bluffton,” Academic Magnet coach Anna Merriman said. “We were 14 seconds away from elimination when she put one in the back of the net in stoppage time. We went on to win the state championship.

“She did the same thing this season in the Viking Cup and state championship. She has the innate ability to get the ball to her feet, remain calm and score goals.”

Peurifoy, The Post and Courier’s female soccer player of the year for the second straight year, performed magic in the prestigious Viking Cup. In the invitational tournament in Columbia that features the top 32 teams in the state, she scored two goals in the final minute of a match to put the Raptors in the title game.

In her final high school match last month, Peurifoy scored a goal in the closing minutes of the Class AA state championship to force overtime against Christ Church. The Raptors outscored the Cavaliers 6-4 in a penalty kicks to win their second state title in three years.

“Kallie proved that soccer can be won on a buzzer-beat just like basketball,” Merriman said.

Peurifoy will be playing soccer for Virginia Tech next season.

“It’s going to be really hard to replace Kallie,” Merriman said. “She’s a scorer who also is a great leader. One of the cool things about being a coach is that you get to see student-athletes grow up from children to adults. When I first met Kallie, she was a kid. But she’s an adult now.”

Peurifoy is a three-time All-Lowcountry selection. Joining her on the team this year are teammates Baker Walls and Megan Hunt. Merriman is the coach of the year.

Wando, the Class AAAA state champion, has four players on the team — Melissa McCool, Rachel Torlay, Grace Gore and Megan O’Connor.

Bishop England has three players — Julianne Dahlman, Julia Shahid and Molly Moriarty. The other All-Lowcountry players are Madison Jones from West Ashley, Brandon Key from Berkeley, Anna Davis from Colleton County, Jenna Stoner from Hanahan and Tahirih Nesmith from Porter-Gaud.