Warriors take back control

Sports -- Girl's Soccer -- Wando's Annie Peeples (left) and Bishop England's Chandler Coggin race to the ball at BEHS on Wednesday April 22, 2009l (Wade Spees/Staff)

The Wando girls soccer team won the Class AAAA state championship last spring, but a loss to Bishop England during the regular season might have cost the Warriors a little national prestige.

The Warriors traveled to Daniel Island on Wednesday night and exacted some revenge, gaining a 3-0 victory at Jack Cantey Stadium in a game that featured two No. 1 teams.

Wando, the No. 1 team in Class AAAA in the latest coaches' poll, upped its record to 9-0-1. Bishop England, the No. 1 team in Class AA, fell to 9-3-1.

"The biggest disappointment with us last year is that we should have defeated them," Wando coach Shannon Champ said. "It went to penalty kicks and we lost in PKs. That was our only loss. I honestly believe it kept us from being one of the best-ranked teams in the nation. The returning players had this on their minds. This was our only loss last year, and we kept reminding them of that. We came here with one goal, and that was to win."

Wando allowed Bishop England only two shots the entire night. Wando, meanwhile had seven shots in the first half, including three on goal. The Warriors had six shots in the second half, including four on goal. Wando had eight corner kicks in the match. while Bishop England had none.

Junior midfielder Brooke Lisson gave the Warriors a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute when her shot hit the crossbar and bounced in the goal.

The Warriors' other goals came late in the match. Freshman forward Nora Bishop scored in the 76th minute and junior Chloe Urig closed out the scoring with a goal in the 77th minute.

The Warriors became the first team to hold the Bishops scoreless this year.

"They had us on the defense the entire night," said Bishop England coach Dave Snyder, whose team has won seven straight Class AA state titles. "They're a great team. I thought we could generate some offense tonight, but that didn't happen."

Champ praised the play of the Wando defensive line, which is led by senior Jenna Pye, a four-year starter. Sophomore Annie Peeples also won praise from Champ.

Wando is seeking its third straight Class AAAA title and is formidable despite losing eight players from last year's team.

"We have nine juniors and a handful of them have already won two state championships," Champ said. "We have only two seniors, but you saw us play tonight. We play together, and we play hard the full 80 minutes. If we can score goals, I think we're one of the best teams in the country."