Waccamaw High’s Sam Mauney, left, and Andrews High’s Zach Hanser battle for the ball during the Warriors’ 4-0 victory last week.
By Chris Sokoloski
King Kong has thrown away his Waccamaw High soccer jersey.
Waccamaw's boys team beat Bishop England 4-1 last weekend to advance to the Lower State final.
The Bishops had beaten the Warriors 15 straight times, including eight in the playoffs.
"It was nice to win that game," Warriors coach Ben Schoen said. "It was exciting night for everybody. It was for anybody who's ever been part of this program."
It will be the first time since 1996 that someone other than Bishop England will represent the Lower State in the state Class AA soccer championship. The Bishops have won 10 state titles during that span.
On Saturday night, Lucas Vozniak had two goals, and Robin Muegge and Covington Watson each tallied one for the Warriors. Taylor King made 10 saves in goal.
After the excitement of the victory over the Bishops, Schoen had to get his team refocused for last night's game at Academic Magnet.
"I just reminded them there's no hardware for beating Bishop England," Schoen said. "Academic Magnet's team is playing better than Bishop England. It's like climbing a mountain and running into another mountain."
Waccamaw's only loss this season came at the hands of the Raptors.
"We're still the underdog," Schoen said. "We have to keep that mentality."
Waccamaw beat Andrews 4-0 in the second round of the playoffs.
"The effort was there," said Andrews coach Chris Hapeshis. "There's always Waccamaw, Bishop England and Academic Magnet. Those are the three at a different level then the rest of us."
The Yellow Jackets finished the season 16-5.
"I thought we had a great season," Hapeshis said. "It was probably our best season yet."
Andrews won the Gator Classic and with a squad that only had a few seniors, but a lot of juniors.
"I think next year's team has the potential to be just as good," Hapeshis said. "These kids have a lot of potential, they just have to realize that. The future is bright."
The juniors were led by Nick Knight, who had 33 goals.
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