It's been somewhat of a roller-coaster ride for the Barnwell High boys varsity soccer team over the past few weeks.
On their home field April 24, the Warhorses fell to region rival Wade Hampton 5-1. The Warhorses responded the following week with a 3-2 win over Bamberg-Ehrhardt.
On May 2, things went downward again in a 5-0 home loss to Bishop England High.
On May 7 against in-county rival Blackville-Hilda High, the Warhorses gained upward momentum in a 5-0 win on Senior night.
On Tuesday, May 13 in the opening round of the playoffs against Bamberg-Ehrhardt High, the Warhorses found a level of consistency as they easily dismantled region rival Bamberg-Ehrhardt High 3-0.
The Warhorses couldn't have picked a better time to play their best game of the season.
Behind the plays of Lucas Harbuck and Clay Tucker, the team raced to a 2-0 at the half and didn't let up on its way to sweeping the Red Raiders.
With the win, Barnwell High advances to the second round of the playoffs where they will go on the road to play Academic Magnet.
Barnwell High coach David Anastasia said the team came out with a lot of intensity.
"We didn't lose focus this time after getting out to a lead. Offensively, we worked together to get points on the scoreboard. Defensively, we kept pressure on their shooters the entire game."
The Warhorses controlled the tempo in the game with a 20-12 advantage when it came to shots on goal.
For BHS, Harbuck got the troops in gear, scoring the first goal off an assist from Forest Williamson.
Late in the first half, Tucker found the back of the net off an assist from Tehaam Waraich for a 2-0 advantage.
Harbuck cleaned things up offensively from there. He answered again midway in the second half with another goal off an assist from Holland to close out the game.
Several others stepping up offensively included Nicolas Aguilar, Tehaam Wariach, Trent Tucker and Cole Holland.
The Warhorse back row of Lance Kinard, Beau Croft, Malik Cobb, Jordan Brown, Johnny Dodge, Tyler Tuten and keepers Jared Burdette and Joseph Ravenscroft preserved the shutout.
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