LAURINBURG — The Lady Scots soccer team opened the Sandhills Athletic Conference on Tuesday in Hope Mills. As the No. 7 seed the Lady Scots were pitted against No. 2 Jack Britt and saw their tournament run come to an end.
The Lady Scots suffered a 4-0 loss to the Lady Buccaneers — their third loss of the season to Jack Britt.
In their two previous meetings, the Lady Scots lost to Jack Britt. In their second game of the season the Lady Buccaneers beat the Lady Scots, 7-0. When they met again at the end of March, it was a closer game but the same outcome. The Lady Scots lost to Jack Britt, 3-0.
The Lady Scots fall to 2-14-3 overall on the season and finish with a 2-10-2 conference record. The Lady Buccaneers move to 13-6 overall and 11-3 in SAC-8 play.
Despite only winning two games, first-year head coach Jason Eury said the team is moving in the right direction.
“We have a lot of young ladies who are full of energy and potential, if we want to keep progressing and take (the program) to the next level we need to harness that,” he said. “They need to understand that all good things take time to develop. We were much more competitive this year and the girls received many compliments from other coaches, referees and fans on their improvements.”
In other first-round action, No. 3 Richmond defeated No. 6 Hoke in Rockingham, 5-0. The higher seeds continued their win streak as No. 1 Pinecrest blanked No. 8 Seventy-First, 13-0 and No. 4 Purnell Swett came away with a 3-1 win over No. 5 Lumberton.
Second round action took place Wednesday night, with the higher seeded team hosting. No. 3 Richmond traveled to No. 2 Jack Britt and No. 4 Purnell Swett headed to Southern Pines to take on No. 1 Pinecrest.
The Sandhills Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship will be held on Friday, May 7 at 7 p.m. with the higher seeded team hosting.
The first round of the NCHSAA 4A women’s soccer will begin on Wednesday, May 9 with seeding taking place on May 5.
With their record, the Lady Scots will likely not receive a bid to the 4A playoffs for a fifth consecutive season. The Lady Scots haven’t appeared in the 4A playoffs since 2013 under former head coach Colin McDavid. Scotland entered the playoffs with a 9-10-3 overall record and took on Sanderson in the first round. The Lady Scots fell to Sanderson, 1-3.
In order to get the program back to that level of competition, Eury said his team will be putting in extra time and work in during the off season.
“Coach Carter and I truly appreciate what the team has helped us start this year,” Eury said. “The juniors and seniors probably won’t be around to see all the good things that are going to happen to this program in the future but know they were part of the change — change of direction and the beginning of a respectful winning program.”
Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]