Hunter Greer was sweating profusely thanks to the heat and humidity that turned Blackbaud Stadium into a 105-degree sauna during Saturday’s Clash of the Carolinas. And, he will tell you he had the easy task on the hot summer day.
“They did all the work. They had to run all day,” the former Wando standout said as he pointed to his South Carolina teammates. I just had to stand there and I was able to drink water.”
Greer was the keeper for the Sandlappers on Saturday, and he might have downplayed his role. But he was selected as the South Carolina MVP in a 1-0 loss to North Carolina. He allowed one goal in 80 minutes, a penalty kick by Trey Hemphill, a senior from T.C. Roberson High who scored in the 33rd minute. Greer, who will attend the College of Charleston, recorded four saves.
“It was a great opportunity to play in this game,” Greer said. “It was a great honor to be selected to play in this game and be associated with these players. It’s something I will always remember.”
The Tar Heels won for the second straight year and now lead the series 2-1-3. The first three all-star games ended in ties, and South Carolina won in 2010. But the Sandlappers have been of the wrong side of the score the past two years.
North Carolina’s only goal came after Adrian Gonzalez was taken down in the penalty area by Greer.
South Carolina had a golden opportunity to tie it in the 77th minute, but the Sandlappers were called for offside.
North Carolina’s girls posted a 2-1 win over South Carolina to take a 5-1-0 lead in the series.
North Carolina took a 1-0 lead on an own-goal in the 48th minute, and Hannah Robinson of W.A. Hough High scored in the 78th minute to make it 2-0.
South Carolina scored in the 79th minute on a goal by Natalie Lackey of Riverside High.
North Carolina held a 13-7 advantage in shots and a 5-3 margin in corner kicks.
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