Girls battle to 1-1 draw while South Boys topple North 3-2 at 2017 North-South Soccer Classic
June 24, 2017
ANDERSON, SC – The South Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association staged its annual North-South Soccer Classic on Saturday at T.L. Hanna’s Yellow Jacket Memorial Stadium and the “Electric City” was treated to a pair of exciting matches. The event, played at Jim Fraser Field, annually recognizes some of the top graduated senior prep soccer players from the South Carolina High School League.
In the girls contest, South Aiken’s Marissa Lee canceled out a first half own goal credited to the South team when she intercepted a pass at the top of the penalty box in the 53rd minute and rolled around the opposing defenders to earn a 1-1 draw. Despite just two goals being scored the match was an end-to-end affair as 29 shots were fired on goal with the North squad holding an 18-11 advantage. The goalkeepers for both sides were up to the task as 18 saves were credited to the shot stoppers. The South team’s net-minders tallied 10 saves with River Bluff’s Bryce Kinard collecting six and West Ashley’s Taylor Jarrett registering four, while the North’s duo of T.L. Hanna’s Caroline Embler and Clover’s Elizabeth Price recorded four each. Fort Mill’s Kimber Haley and West Florence’s Kailey Varney earned Most Outstanding Player honors for their efforts. The draw leaves the series that began in 1997 with the North holding a slim 9-8-4 lead, but the South has posted a 3-1-3 mark the past seven years.
The boys’ match was a see-saw affair as the South jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 30 minutes on goals by Lexington’s Sam Plumer (23’) and Hartsville’s Daniel Johnson (29’). But, the North cut the deficit to one in the 34th minute when Gaffney’s Thomas LaFrancis lobbed a shot from the left side of the penalty box and tucked it in the far side netting to make the score 2-1 at intermission. The North dominated the opening 20 minutes of the second half and were rewarded in the 62nd minute when Blake Baker of Nation Ford zipped a pass from LaFrancis that leveled the score line at 2-2. The South tried to find its footing after surrendering a two-goal lead and finally punched through with 10 minutes remaining as Academic Magnet’s Aaron Thornton rifled home a rebounded shot by Plumer for the game-winning score. LaFrancis and Plumer were selected the Most Outstanding Players for their respective sides as the South cut into the North’s series advantage at 15-10-4. Noteworthy, in the past eight meetings the South has carved out a 5-1-2 record.
GIRLS BOX SCORE North 1-1 South
Halftime: N 0-1 S.
Goals: (N) Marissa Lee 53; (S) own goal 39.
Shots: N 18-11 S.
Saves: (N) Caroline Embler 4, Elizabeth Price 4; (S) Bryce Kinard 6, Taylor Jarrett 4.
Corner Kicks: N 6-2 S.
Offsides: N 1-0 S.
Fouls: N 4-7 S.
Captains: (N) Kimber Haley – Fort Mill, Abby Robinson – Eastside; (S) Rachel Cosby – Chapin, Bryce Kinard – River Bluff.
Most Outstanding Players: (N) Kimber Haley – Fort Mill; (S) Kailey Varney – West Florence.
Officials: (R) Kevin Bragman; (AR) Jean Dehondt; (AR) Jack Kovaleski.
Weather: 76 Degrees; Cloudy.
Series: North leads 9-8-4
BOYS BOX SCORE South 3-2 North
Halftime: S 2-1 N.
Goals: (S) Sam Plumer 23, (S) Daniel Johnson 29, (N) Thomas LaFrance 34, (N) Blake Baker 62, (S) Aaron Thornton 70.
Shots: S 15-8 N.
Saves: (S) Noah Scott 2, Evan Dowdy 1; (N) Trevor Watson 2.
Corner Kicks: S 3-2 N.
Offsides: S 4-1 N.
Fouls: S 6-5 N.
Captains: (S) David Chappelear – Bluffton, John Gressette – A.C. Flora; (N) Trevor Watson – Mauldin, Brad Young – Nation Ford.
Most Outstanding Players: (S) Sam Plumer – Lexington; (N) Thomas LaFrancis – Gaffney.
Officials: (R) Matthew Weathers; (AR) Martin Lockyear; (AR) Ryan Achin.
Weather: 78 Degrees; Cloudy.
Series: North leads 15-10-4.
For more information concerning Palmetto State prep soccer, please visit www.scsoccer.com.
North-South Soccer Classic
Founded in 1989, the North-South Soccer Classic has evolved into one of the premier prep sports events annually in the Palmetto State. The NSSC features 72 of the state's top boys and girls graduated seniors in an all-star contest. 2017 will mark the 29th consecutive year that the NSSC will be staged for the boys, while the girls will celebrate their 21st straight year of competition.
All participants in the North-South Soccer Classic MUST submit a copy of their SCHSL Physical (on file with your athletic administrator) by Friday, May 19th. Please submit these forms to your respective coaches of your all-star team.
NSSC Uniform Options via Lloyd's
Orders due May 19, 2017
The North-South Soccer Classic will offer players the opportunity to purchase their entire match kits! Included in this purchase is the option to have your name on the back of the shirt! Orders must be placed by May 19th.
Parents/fans/players can purchase other items as well. An activation code will be sent from MyUniform via Lloyd's Soccer.
***Players will receive a training shirt, as part of their participation in the all-star event.
To purchase a jersey or other items, please follow the directions via Lloyd's Soccer MyUniform that was sent in an exclusive email to each player.
North Kit: NIKE Blue/Blue/Blue
South Kit: NIKE White/Red/Red
Store closes 5/19/17
NSSC Program Ad
MS Word Doc in right-side column above
Program advertisements must be received by May 29, 2017. All schools that have players participating are encouraged to supply at least one ad for the all-star game program. This is usually funded by a Booster Club or such entity (examples in right hand column).
Full page (8.5x11 black/white) ad is $125
Please make checks payable to SCHSSCA and send payment to:
Attn: Kevin Heise
1249 Jessamine Street
Cayce, SC 29033
Make sure to indicate that your ad is for the North-South Soccer Classic program.
To send artwork and/or any questions, please contact Kevin Heise:
*All NSSC Coaches & Staff will have a meeting @ 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 22 at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
*Coaches will be sharing a room on Thursday night with a coach, but will have your own room on Friday night.
*All of the players, coaches, and staff will be at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.
*Players report on Friday by 11:30 a.m., to the T.L. Hanna High School Gymnasium wearing their respective school's training top.
*Coaches & Players rooms are covered by SCHSSCA.
Westside High School Cafeteria 806 Pearman Dairy Road
Anderson, SC 29625
* The banquet is planned for 6:30on Friday evening. A bus will transport the players and coaches from the hotel to the banquet.
* The girls will play at 10:30 am and the boys at 12:30 pm on Saturday, June 24.
Girls Referee: TBA AR1: TBA AR2: TBA
Boys Referee: TBA AR1: TBA AR2: TBA
* Coaches need to make sure you have the correct email and phone number for your players. It would be good idea to also have the correct parent email. We will be sending out lots of info concerning uniforms, banquet, and ads very soon.
* All the info will ALWAYS be on www.scsoccer.com under the North-South Soccer Classic link.
North-South Soccer Classic Itinerary June 23-24, 2017