The road warriors from Hilton Head High have done it again. After 670 miles of travel in 48 hours, the Seahawks picked up their second playoff win in as many days Thursday with a 1-0 shutout at Myrtle Beach to clinch a spot in the Class 4A Lower State final.
Hilton Head found its lone goal in the first half, as a foul just outside the 18-yard box set up an Andrea Tapia free kick. The freshman stepped up and drilled a missile past the keeper to give her team the 1-0 advantage.
Myrtle Beach pushed for the equalizer in the second half, but Amanda Magnin’s terrific performance in net kept the lead intact. The junior came up with several clutch diving stops and punches in the top corners, leading Hilton Head to its second straight upset of a number one region seed.
“Myrtle Beach was quite a challenge,” HHIHS coach Kit Seebach said. “They had an answer for everything we did. Top defensive performances from our backline to hold off fast, athletic, and technical Myrtle Beach forwards. Although our central play got pushed back, Julia Kubec battled to keep us connected to our striker and attacking mid. She played with intelligence and fortitude. These players have the will to win.”
Hilton Head (11-5) travels to familiar Region 7-4A foe James Island for the Lower State final on Monday. The Trojans swept the regular season series with a pair of 3-1 and 8-2 victories.
By Wes Kerr