Sophomore Marcus Smith (No. 2) scored three goals in Riverside's 5-1 win over Wade Hampton on Tuesday, May 7 in the Class 4-A upper state championship.

The Kids are Alright: Smith, sophomores star in Riverside's upper-state romp

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Riverside soccer wasn't supposed to be here.
This was supposed to be a rebuilding year for the three-time defending state champs. The Warriors graduated 12 seniors last year. They became one of the youngest teams in Region 2 4-A. Riverside was written off by many.

Charlotte Bozarth (No. 2) scored a hat trick of three goals in Riverside's 4-1 win over Indian Land in the 4-A upper state semifinals on Saturday, May 4.

Bozarth hat trick powers Riverside into upper state championship

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After Riverside girls soccer beat Indian Land 4-1 in the 4-A upper state semifinals, head coach Terri Archenhold embraced junior forward Charlotte Bozarth.

Archenhold was emotional in speaking to her after the game.

Sure, Bozarth had scored three goals in the win and powered Riverside into the 4-A upper state championship.

Eastside girls soccer advanced to the 4-A upper state championship with a 3-1 win over Catawba Ridge on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

‘The Next Five Minutes’: Eastside overcomes rain, early goal to beat Catawba Ridge

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Eastside’s girls' soccer team doesn’t give up many goals.

In fact, through 22 games played this season, the Lady Eagles have been scored on just eight times. Before Saturday’s 4-A upper state semifinal against Catawba Ridge, Eastside went seven games without allowing a goal.

‘Don’t Poke The Bear’

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Byrnes senior pitcher Jake Short wasn’t feeling it in the first inning. He’s the first to admit it.

Short was uncharacteristically off his game, allowing rival Gaffney to put up three runs in the opening frame—two coming from a home run over the left field wall.

Byrnes soccer captured its first region title in program history on April 23, defeating Boiling Springs by a score of 1-0.


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Before Byrnes soccer began its season, first-year head coach Joe Campbell asked his players for one thing.


That was all he needed from them. If his players could believe in themselves, Campbell said, there was no limit to what the Rebels could accomplish.

So far, that’s ringing true.


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