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Lady Bulldogs soar past Darlington

Posted: March 8, 2012 11:52 a.m.
Updated: March 9, 2012 5:00 a.m.

Who says 13 is unlucky?
The Camden High girls’ soccer team began their quest for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Region 6-AAA title with a 13-0 shutout over host Darlington on Tuesday. 
Fifth-year head coach Stephen Sutusky’s team wasted little time scoring as junior Audrianna Dubose dribbled the ball outside the box before dropping it off to classmate Jazzmine Devlin, who placed the ball in the back of the net for a 1-0 lead in the opening seconds of play. 
Four minutes later, after a flurry of missed scoring opportunities by the Bulldogs, senior defender Cierra McShine took the ball 65 yards, dribbling through the defense to make the score 2-0. 
Sophomore Maggie Wehunt then accepted a pass from Owens Morgan and dribbled through the defense before deferring to Ginny Smith, who played the ball from 30 yards out, just beyond the reach of Darlington’s goalkeeper.  Devlin would score before the end of the first half on a pass from Wehunt for a 4-0 CHS lead. 
“We actually had a ton of scoring opportunities in the first half and just misfired several times,” said Sutusky.  “Perhaps, the best of the missed scoring opportunities was off a corner kick as Owens Morgan placed the ball in the middle of the box connecting with senior Maddie Phillips who headed the ball just over the crossbar. 
“We played fundamentally well; we still need to speed the game up a bit, but I thought we passed well and played as one unit.”
The second 40 minutes saw a variety of scoring opportunities with Devlin starting the second half scoring on a pass from Morgan.  Four minutes later, Wehunt picked up another assist as Smith connected on her second goal of the game. Smith’s goal was from long range and she capitalized when the Falcons’ keeper came out of the box by placing the ball just over her head. 
Freshman sweeper Sarah Anne Semple started the next scoring opportunity by taking the ball from the defensive side and placing it over DHS defenders to Dubose, who placed the ball out of reach of the diving goalkeeper. 
Less than two minutes later, Phillips took the ball at midfield and dribbled it past the defense and the keeper for the first score of her senior season and an 8-0 lead.
Kayla Wallace scored twice for the guests before the team’s final three goals came from freshman Breanna Barnes, Morgan and Wehunt. 
“Our focus was outstanding and the girls had fun, that’s what matters the most,” Sutusky said after the romp. 
Last weekend, CHS split a pair of games on the coast as North Myrtle Beach defeated the Lady Dogs, 2-1, Friday evening. 
Dubose scored the second half goal while Smith and Wallace nearly scored equalizers late. Jordan Woody manned the goal with nine saves. 
Saturday morning, amid rainy conditions, Camden shut out Conway, 3-0, with goals from Barnes, Wehunt and Smith. Jordan Woody and Savannah Locke each kept the  Tigers from scoring in goal. 
Forward/midfielder Wallace, who engineered an offense which scored four goals in two games, was named to the all-tournament team. She was credited with an assist against Conway. Also being named to the all-tournament team was Semple, a freshman defender. 
The tournament’s championship round was rained out with heavy storms hitting Myrtle Beach on Saturday as CHS was unable to play in the third-place match.
 After three contests, Devlin and Smith lead Camden with three goals apiece while Morgan has notched five assists. 
CHS kicks off its home schedule tonight when region rival Crestwood comes to Zemp Stadium in a 6 p.m. start.

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