With the Swamp Foxes’ winning streak in region matches in danger, the Harris brothers delivered.
The Ashley Ridge boys soccer team had clinched its third consecutive Region 8-AAAAA title earlier in the week with a win over Stall, and then put the finishing touches on a perfect region record with a 1-0 win at Fort Dorchester on April 27. Over the past two years, the Swamp Foxes have gone 16-0 against region opponents.
“I’m really proud of this team,” Ashley Ridge coach Nate Harris said. “We made it very hard tonight by not doing some of the simple stuff well, but we got the win. These boys going two years without a loss in this region against spectacular teams with great coaches says a lot. Also, now if we can keep battling and winning we are home throughout the playoffs. ”
Sophomore Nathaniel Harris scored the game’s only goal off an assist from his brother, freshman Beckham Harris.
“Beckham received the ball in front of the goal, turned and made a really nice pass to Nathaniel, who scored,” coach Harris said of the play by his sons. “It was a nice connection.”
Ashley Ridge improved to 11-8 with the win and opens the playoffs May 2 by hosting Goose Creek. With a win, the Swamp Foxes would advance to host either Socastee or Lexington in the second round May 4. Ashley Ridge has home-field advantage through the Lower State championship match May 9 if it keeps winning.
“We’ll try to put the boys in good positions, but honestly we probably need to stay out of their way,” Harris said. “We’ve got a great group of kids so we try not to over coach. They are very capable of carrying out a game plan and are good at seeing things on the field that might require them to make adjustments. We have a good group of seniors so I trust them. ”
Fort Dorchester dropped to 11-8 overall, 5-3 in the region. The Patriots finished as the region runner-up and will also open the playoffs at home, hosting Cane Bay May 2. If it advances, Fort Dorchester will face either Carolina Forest or Dutch Fork in the second round.
West Ashley placed third in the region while Stall placed fourth. Summerville placed fifth and did not make the playoffs.