Lady Jackets fighting for Region III title

mbanks@comporium.netApril 15, 2013 

— The odds maybe stacked against them, but the Fort Mill Lady Jackets soccer team is fighting to keep their streak of nine straight Region titles intact with a 10th consecutive one.

Fort Mill has won its Region, whether in 3A or 4A, every year since 2004, but the Lady Jackets this year already have two losses – one to Clover and the other to Northwestern.

Head coach Ryan Morris said that there is still a chance Fort Mill can tie for the Region title, but having Northwestern lose three matches for them to win it outright will be tough.

The Lady Jackets sit at 12-3-1 overall and 8-2 in Region III-AAAA, coming off two shutout wins this past week. The first was an 11-0 win over York and the second was a 3-0 win over Rock Hill.

The win over the Lady Bearcats was part of the Manchester Cup event at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill.

Morris said his team is heading in the right direction, but would like to see more out of them.

“We need a little bit more consistency and patience going forward,” he said.

In the Rock Hill match, Fort Mill dominated from the opening whistle.

About 10 minutes into the match, the Lady Jackets junior Bailey Rich scored to put Fort Mill up 1-0.

The Lady Jackets controlled the ball for the majority of the game allowing Rock Hill to get just a couple shots on goal in the entire contest.

Fort Mill added its second goal of the game, this one coming from junior Cassidy Parker, with about 23 minutes into play in the first half.

Right before the end of the first half, it looked like Rock Hill was going to cut the lead in half, as the Lady Bearcats scored with less than two minutes left, but had the goal waived off for a penalty.

In the second half, Fort Mill put things away with about 17 minutes left in the game as sophomore Graydon Nall scored to make it 3-0 for the Lady Jackets as they continued to stay on the offensive control, by rattling off 10 second half shots on goal.

Fort Mill has several crucial games coming up to end the season. The first is Friday against Northwestern at 7 p.m. at home and the second one is against Nation Ford April 25, also at 7 p.m. at home.

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