This is one of those times when I need to step away from the site for a few days to work on jobs for clients who currently pay the bills around our house, but soccer news marches on. So think of this little post as big T-shirt gun blowing futty confetti all over the place.
S.C. HIGH SCHOOL CHAMPIONSHIPS: The 2013 scholastic soccer year wraps up Friday and Saturday in Gilbert with the S.C. High School League Championships, and your primary source for news on this is SCSoccer.com. The games will be held at Gilbert High School in Lexington County, and tickets are $10 if you’re going.
We’ve got three local school still in the hunt, beginning with two girls teams on Friday. Academic Magnet (22-3) takes on Christ Church (20-4) at 3 p.m. in the 2A/1A final, and Wando (19-1-1) plays the 7 p.m. nightcap in the 4A championship against J.L. Mann (24-1). On Saturday, Bishop England boys (16-7-1) will try to take the 2A title against Indian Land High School (19-4) of Fort Mill.
The top-ranked Wando boys team flamed out early in the 4A bracket, followed one round later by the Fort Dorchester Patriots. The 4A title match will feature Irmo and Lexington. BTW, Hilton Head is just a bit outside our coverage area, but the Seahawks will be playing for both the 3A girls and boys titles.
Best of luck to all our local teams. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
(Editor’s note: We weren’t staffed to cover local high school soccer this year, but we’re building toward covering it in 2014)
MEANWHILE, AT SCUBA: The rosters came out last week for the 2013-14 South Carolina Battery Academy. I’m still working on getting the full story on this, but here’s the link.
BATTERY PLANS: This is a weird week for the Battery, who are scheduled to fly out to Houston on Saturday for their early match against the Houston Dynamo Reserves on Sunday. The match counts in the USL PRO standings for Charleston, but since the Dynamo reserves aren’t part of the league per se, the match will not be livestreamed on USL Live. However, the Dynamo confirmed yesterday that they’ll be streaming the match live on their team site.
The game kicks off at 11 a.m. EST on Sunday, and the Battery are promoting a special viewing party at Molly Darcy’s on East Bay Street. Call it “Brunch with the Battery.”
Afterwards, the Battery will spend the night in Houston (ugh) and then fly up to Portland on Monday in advance of their Tuesday, May 21, U.S. Open Second Round match against the Portland Timbers U-23s, who came back from a 0-2 first-half deficit on Tuesday to advance 3-2 over the Sacramento Gold. The team flies back to Charleston on Wednesday. Speaking from experience, that’s an all-day trip.
That gives the Battery Thursday and Friday to recover and prepare for the team’s Saturday, May 25, home match against Rochester. One interesting thing to watch at Blackbaud will be whether interest in the all-German UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munchen and Dortmund will affect attendance at the local club match.
SPEAKING OF THE OPEN CUP: The list of potential Third Round pairings for the Open Cup came out yesterday, and … envelope please... It’s the San Jose Earthquakes! The 2012 MLS Supporters Shield winners will be making the trip to Charleston on Tuesday the 28th if the Battery can win on the road in Portland next week.
If the Battery make it to the Third Round, the home date against San Jose will slot into what was already going to be a four-game homestand that begins on May 25 and ends on June 8th.
SPEAKING OF MAY 25TH: Not only is next Saturday being billed as “Family Night” at Blackbaud Stadium, it’s also a local stop on local soccer entrepreneur Kenyon Cook‘s 2013 World Futbol Tour. His 3-v-3 Players’ Tour will be in town on the 25th, and also on June 22. More on this next week…
FANTASY UPDATE: Mikey Buytas’ fantasy team has been on a ridiculous roll in the Regiment’s MLS Fantasy Manager League, but it wasn’t enough to hold off Luke Largin last week. Largin’s three-digit outburst pushed him to the top of the table, but his time there was short-lived. Buytas got 48 points out of last night’s 4-1 Galaxy win at Philadelphia, moving him right back to the top of the pops.
Oh, and congrats to Buytas on his favorite EPL team, Chelsea, taking the Europa Cup yesterday.
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