Golden Warriors grind down Beaufort Academy in shutout win

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By Taylor Michael

John Paul II boys soccer traveled to Beaufort Academy on Tuesday and cruised past the Eagles with a 4-0 region win. 

Anthony Hill opened the scoring opportunities for the Golden Warriors, scoring the first goal of the game after wrestling the ball away from the keeper. Mark Knight also scored a goal in the first half, finishing a perfect assist from Jackson Ogden. Ogden also had an impressive night running up and down the field and being relentless toward BA’s defenders. 

Ben Quinty managed to score the third goal of the first half with a left-footed shot, leaving the Eagles’ defenders fooled when the ball hit the net and giving the Golden Warriors and insurmountable 3-0 halftime lead. 

In the second half, Malone Kinard-Huisinger capped the scoring with the help of a Collin Anfinson assist. Evan Slusne recorded eight saves for a clean sheet for JPII. 

JPII (7-1, 3-0) will travel to Colleton Prep in another region matchup after their spring break on April 15.

Sauls scores first hat trick as JPII blanks BA

John Paul II girls soccer traveled to Beaufort and dominated a region matchup against Beaufort Academy on Tuesday, blanking the Eagles 8-0. 

The Golden Warriors’ defense was consistently strong throughout the game, leaving the Eagles with limited opportunities to score. 

Sophomore Emma Sauls led the Golden Warriors offensively with her first hat trick of the season, while sophomore Paige Weniger and junior Brenna Frank both scored two goals, and captain Gin White had one goal and three assists. 

JPII’s defense was led by center backs White and Lauren Weniger, and keeper Trinity Grace Maxwell recorded two saves to preserve the clean sheet.

The Golden Warriors host Ashley Hall on April 12 after their spring break.

Above: Beaufort Academy goalkeeper Kevin Rogers, left, moves in to block Jackson Ogden’s header during the second half of their match Tuesday, March 30, at BA’s Merritt Field. Ogden’s header hit the cross bar and bounced over the goal. The Golden Knights went on to defeat the Eagles, 4-0. Photo by Bob Sofaly.