Warriors win Upstate soccer title

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ILHS to play in state championship Saturday

By Robert Howey

The Indian Land High School boys soccer team earned a bid to the Class AAA state title match, and in doing so, made history.
ILHS, a five-time participant in the Class AA state soccer finals, earned its first-ever berth to the Class AAA state championship match Tuesday, May 7, when the Warriors pounded Pendleton High School, 6-2, to win the Class AAA Upper State crown at The Reservation.
The Warriors were led by freshman John Fosu, who scored three goals – a hat trick – to pace ILHS to the solid win.
The Warriors, 19-7, held a 2-1 halftime lead, but took charge in the second half, with Fosu scoring twice in the key surge.
His goal early in the second half, on a Logan Lambert assist, put the Warriors up, 3-1, but the Bulldogs back came as Asa Addison scored to make it 3-2.
The Warriors responded in a big way.
Fosu, with an assist from Jordan Brown, scored to give Indian Land a 4-2 lead.
Then, the Warriors extended their lead as Addison Guild tallied off a Jordan Perry assist for a 5-2 ILHS lead.
Late in the match, ILHS’s Chukwuzam Idehen scored to seal the 6-2 win.
“I knew we could do it,” ILHS coach Adam Cole said. “This is a whole new team, a new era of players. This is their time.
“Our players are clicking at the right time,” Cole said. “We have to keep it going. We know we will face a good team for the state title and we have to play a mistake-free match.”
Fosu put the Warriors up 1-0 early, scoring off an assist from Guild.
Indian Land’s second goal came on a Jordan Perry assist to Gavin Dunlop.
Logan Scriber scored the Bulldogs’ first goal to make it 2-1 at the break, but ILHS stormed back to secure the win.
“Indian Land is a good team from top to bottom,” Pendleton coach Bryan Horton said. “We were proud of our team because this was our first AAA Upper State final since in 15 years.”
Pendleton finished the season at 9-9.
The Warriors will face May River High School for the Class AAA state title at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Irmo High School’s W.C. Hawkins Stadium.
May River topped Class AAA soccer power Bishop England, 3-2, to advance to face the Warriors.