PAWLEYS ISLAND -- The Academic Magnet girls soccer team picked up one of its biggest victories in school history by beating Bishop England last week.
But the Raptors' dream season came up one game short Monday night, as Waccamaw advanced to the Class AA-A state championship match with a 6-1 victory.
"It was tough to get back up emotionally for the second straight game against such a talented team," Academic Magnet coach Troy Bennage said after the Class AA Lower State Championship game. "They are an excellent team.
"We had an excellent year," he added. "I told the girls there was no reason to hang their heads."
Waccamaw had to wait four years to clear the final hurdle to the Class AA-A state championship game.
It took the Warriors only eight minutes to end the drought.
Yazzy Bennani scored six minutes into the contest and Taylor Player added one of her three goals just two minutes later to lift the Warriors to victory.
The Warriors (18-3) scored four goals in the first half en route to the rout over the Raptors (17-5) to reach Friday's state title game in Columbia.
Waccamaw had come one step from making the state championship game for the past three seasons, losing to state power Bishop England 1-0 in the Lower State each time.
Academic Magnet, which knocked off Bishop England over the weekend, was the road block this year. But reaching the state championship game was much more important than revenge to the Warriors.
"Obviously, we wanted Bishop England, but honestly it didn't matter to us," Player said. "This was our last game on our home field, and this was our last chance to get to state. It didn't matter who we played tonight, we were out to win."
The Warriors will play the winner of the Upper State match between Woodruff and Christ Church on Friday at p.m.