Barnwell High girls hold on in soccer
The Barnwell High varsity girls soccer team held off Batesburg-Leesville High by score of 5-4 in region play on March 27 in Barnwell.
After taking a 4-1 lead into halftime, the Lady Warhorses had to fend off a late charge by the Lady Panthers to preserve the win.
Barnwell High coach Kaylyn Huggins said the team got a little complacent after a fast start.
“We certainly played really well in the first half on both ends,” Huggins said. “We came out a little flat in the second half and allowede them to get back in the game. Our girls, however, responded well and did a good job of closing.”
The Lady Warhorses got off to a flying start against the Lady Panthers, scoring four first half goals during a brilliant 15-minute stretch.
For BHS, early goals came from Tiffany Black and Shakeryah Passmore followed by a pair from Elli Porter to make the score 4-1.
At this point, a scoring charge by the Lady Warhorses seemingly turned a close contest into a runaway.
That, however, wasn’t the case. In the second half it was a different story as the Lady Panthers came out and quickly put pressure on the Lady Warhorses with two goals inside of the first 10 minutes to narrow the lead to 4-3.
Moments later, the Lady Warhorses regained the momentum when Tiffany Black positioned herself for a penalty kick. Black rocketed the ball past Batesburg-Leesville’s keeper into the back of the net for a 5-3 lead.
Down by two goals, the Lady Panthers made it interesting with about eight minutes to play with a goal to cut the deficit to 5-4.
The Lady Warhorses made the one goal lead hold up from there thanks to a solid defense led by Madison Renew, Alexi Thomason, Olivia Davis, Tiffany Black and keeper Mariah Stone.
The win over Batesburg-Leesville sets up a crucial meeting with Silver Bluff High in a game that could decide the region title.
“It hasn’t been easy this year, but I couldn’t be more proud of a group of girls,” Huggins said. “We have pushed through and never given up on the season. To be in position to win the region title just shows that this team still has fight left and we’re going to continue to give it all we have.”