Girls' Soccer Season Comes to a Close after 2-1 Elimination
Despite a comeback opportunity, the Lady Blazers fall 2-1 to the Brashier Middle College Bengals, ending their season.
Coming off a big win against Eau Claire in the first round of playoffs, the Blazers hoped to extend their campaign into a deep run. Their second opponent, Brashier Middle College, received a bye into the second round after going 9-7 during the regular season.
GMC knew what kind of team they would be facing off against, characterized as a fast and physical group. As center midfielder Sydney Langley said, "technical ability beats aggression."
The stage was set for a rivalry match-up as the whistle blew. Both teams exchanged possession of the ball, but it was Brashier who ended up taking the early lead. Four minutes into the first half, the Bengals led 1-0. Chances sprung up for both teams, but none were capitalized on until one minute until halftime when Brashier scored their second of the night.
"2-0 is the most dangerous lead a team can have. We try to take advantage of that," said Senior Kajsa Mertens.
Sixteen minutes into the second half, the Blazers did just that. Senior Lauren Sigmon scored, making it a one goal game. The Blazers were locked in to get just one more goal to tie the match.
For the majority of the second half, the Blazers held the momentum. A stop by goaltender Megan Cluck helped energize the team to attack. Several scoring opportunities arose for them including a yellow card against Brashier. Despite many chances near the net, the game came to a close with a final score of 2-1.
Brashier advanced to face top-seeded Southside Christian in the next round, ending the season for Greer Middle College.
This marks the last game in the high school careers of five Seniors: Cassie Haynes, Kajsa Mertens, Ali Sigmon, Lauren Sigmon, and Joanna Yurkin.
Ali Sigmon plans to continue her soccer career at Bob Jones University, while Lauren Sigmon will be taking her talent to USC Aiken in the fall.
"It's bittersweet... We get to start something new. Only new experiences from here," said Mertens and A. Sigmon.
"I'm going to miss the people most. It wasn't about the sport," said Joanna Yurkin.
The GMC Boys' soccer playoffs continue against the Andrew Jackson Volunteers in Kershaw, SC on May 3. Until then, thank you for the amazing season Blazers!