A tumultuous two days for the Bluffton girls soccer team culminated with a tough 2-0 road loss to powerhouse Myrtle Beach on Tuesday in the first round of the Class 4A playoffs.
The Bobcats made the four-hour trek to Myrtle Beach on Monday for a scheduled 7 p.m. kickoff that never came due to thunderstorms. Bluffton made the return trip a day later, and things unraveled quickly. Already down their starting left back, the Bobcats lost standout Katie Shrewsbury to an ankle injury two minutes into the match, and senior starter Cassandra Gray suffered a broken hand and possible concussion on a vicious challenge in the box late in the first half with the Seahawks leading 1-0.
The foul drew a penalty, but the Bobcats were unable to convert and Myrtle Beach added a goal late in the half for a 2-0 advantage, which the Seahawks were able to preserve throughout the second half.
“We were dealt a tough hand and we did what we could to try and beat the odds,” Bluffton coach Brian McCarthy said. “I couldn’t be prouder of the girls for not giving up and fighting to end. They’ve overcome a lot this year with the tragedy involving their classmates along with the repercussions of COVID.”
The Bobcats finish the season with an 8-6 overall record.