HS SOC: HHCA girls, JPII boys maintain sterling marks

HS SOC: HHCA girls, JPII boys maintain sterling marks

Hilton Head Christian Academy’s girls kept their perfect record intact with a pair of recent wins, defeating Westminster School of Augusta 4-1 with a shorthanded roster on Saturday before routing John Paul II 7-1 on Tuesday thanks to a Bless Hurtado hat trick, but John Paul II’s boys returned the favor with a 2-0 victory to remain unbeaten themselves.

Hilton Head Christian picked up its first region win Tuesday in a dominant 7-1 performance against John Paul II. Hurtado was sensational on the pitch, scoring three goals and assisting on three more. Peduzzi netted a pair of goals, and both Hingtgen and Addie Lentz tallied one. Cunningham and Emme Lentz added an assist each, while Reese Clark made one save in goal to complement a phenomenal defensive performance from Jackie Lowry. 

The Eagles showed their resilience Saturday while missing three key players in a 4-1 victory over Westminster School. Despite missing Abby Peduzzi, Devon Yarde, and Caroline Yanker, HHCA overcame an early deficit to rally past the Wildcats. After surrendering a goal in the first half, the Eagles adjusted offensively and quickly evened the match on a Emme Lentz feed to Isabelle Cunningham. Then Bless Hurtado took over, finding Hayleigh Hingtgen up top for the go-ahead goal before converting a penalty kick to push the lead to 3-1. Hingtgen cashed in from the spot for her second goal of the game, and Macy Langhals held it down on the back line to lock down the impressive win. Reese Clark picked up the win in net with three saves. 

HHCA (5-0, 1-0) hosts Palmetto Christian on Monday, while John Paul II (2-1, 1-1) travels to Patrick Henry on Friday. 

JPII boys still perfect

John Paul II boys soccer stayed unbeaten with a hard-fought region win on the road Tuesday, downing Hilton Head Christian Academy 2-0. 

After a back-and-forth opening half in the competitive boys contest, William Rooney drilled in the game’s first goal from a Nic Richardson feed. It didn’t take long for the Golden Warriors to add another, as Rooney made a quick restart on a corner and found Anthony Hill for the junior’s third goal in three games. 

John Paul II’s defense shut down the Eagles the rest of the way to seal the shutout victory, as Evan Slusne notched his first clean sheet of the season with five saves in the match.

John Paul II (3-0, 2-0) hosts Bridges Prep on Thursday, while HHCA (2-1, 0-1) hosts Palmetto Christian on Monday. 

By Wes Kerr / Photo by Justin Jarrett

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