Wando boys, girls advance


MOUNT PLEASANT -- Wando High School's boys and girls soccer both picked up postseason wins at home Friday to continue their march toward the Class AAAA state championships.

The Wando boys (26-1-1) defeated Dutch Fork, 1-0, to exact revenge for last season's second-round playoff loss to the Silver Foxes. The Warriors advance to host Lexington in the third round Saturday. Lexington won in penalty kicks, 5-3, at Summerville Friday.

The Lady Warriors (19-2) knocked off Lexington, 3-0, to eliminate the Wildcats for the third time in four years. Wando hosts Dutch Fork in the Lower State title game Monday. Dutch Fork shut out Spring Valley, 3-0, at home Friday.

For Wando boys, a couple of sophomores off the bench came through with the game winner.

Warriors forward Nico Ullo lofted a cross to midfielder Tucker Holly for the goal from 15 feet out in the 63rd minute. Holly entered the game with two goals on the season.

"It was a really good cross from Nico and I just put it in," Holly said. "It felt pretty unreal. I'm still not getting it."

Wando had several shots just miss off the top crossbar in the first half. Dutch Fork drew a penalty kick with just seconds to play in the first half but was denied by a diving save from Warriors goalkeeper Jon Milligan.

"We had maybe four or five really good chances we thought we should have scored," Dutch Fork head coach Todd Woodward said. "You just have to make the most of your chances. We didn't and the score shows that." Wando's girls had to prove their toughness with an 80-minute physical battle with Lexington.

Midfielder Katie Leen put Wando on top early with a header in the eighth minute. Sophomore Brittany Heri netted an assist from Susie Pearce in the 26th minute. Kitta Smith added Wando's third in the 65th minute from her knees off a deflection.

"They were very physical but we held our own and I thought we had the better play most of the time," Wando head coach Shannon Champ said. "It was a great confidence-building win for us. They've stepped up and really taken care of business this week."

Tiara Evans caught a glimpse of an open net with Lexington down 2-0 in the 60th minute but Warriors goalkeeper Logan Nelson quickly sealed it off to preserve the shutout. Wando has yet to allow a single goal through three games this postseason.

"We couldn't get past them tonight,"Lexington head coach Chris Fryland said. "Their center back (Raymara Barretto) and goalkeeper are just fantastic. Their keeper came up with saves that you rarely see in the girls game. They're going to be hard to beat."