Stratford sweeps rival on special night
The Stratford High School soccer teams raked in the perfect hat trick last Thursday on Pink on the Pitch night, winning a pair of games over rival Goose Creek High School.
After the girls coasted to a 9-0 win, the Knights boys recorded a 5-0 victory. Proceeds from the event will go toward the fight in the ongoing battle with cancer.
“It's a special occasion,” Stratford coach Alister DeLong said. “We're very proud to be a part of it and we really appreciate Goose Creek being a part of it with us.”
The Knights scored three goals in the first 16 minutes to take a commanding lead and senior goalie Justin Overstreet had the shutout. Tyler Tekac and Tristan Ray led the way with two goals apiece while Zack Wombwell tacked on another.
For Overstreet and the back four, it was their sixth shutout in eight games. Overstreet was selected to play in the North-South all-star matches after the season.
“He's a quality goal keeper,” DeLong said. “… He's capable of playing at the next level. The back four and Justin are good. They're the reason we are where we're at.”
The win was the Knights' ninth this season, two more than all of last year. They improved to 3-1 in region play and sent seven seniors out with a bang in their last home game versus Goose Creek.
“We've got a lot of seniors on the team so a lot of them had been through this before,” DeLong said.
They knew what to expect. They focused in… With out their leadership, we wouldn't be where we are.”
On Friday, the Knights led Cane Bay 3-0 late in the first half before weather led to a postponement of the game until April 29.
Stratford's boys were set to travel to No. 1 Wando on Tuesday before hosting West Ashley on Wednesday and traveling to Waccamaw on Friday.
The Lady Knights' victory over Goose Creek snapped a three-game skid and gave Stratford a 4-9 record overall.
Mandy Bolton had two goals, while Jazmen Thompson, Heather Blaszak, Chrisia Class, Brooke Walker, Grace Smith, Caroline Morris and Sara Steckman all chipped in one apiece.
Blaszak had three assists and Mahaley Keen assisted on two goals.
It was the final home game against Goose Creek for four Stratford seniors. Coach Peter Heusinger said it's been a fun group to work with.
“They're a very strong group on and off the field,” he added.