Soccer: Lady Bengals Rise in State Rankings

The Blythewood Lady Bengals soccer team is now ranked fifth in the state in class 4A. Blythewood is 10-1 overall and 4-0 in region play. Their only loss came to fourth ranked Wando, 1-0, back on March 2. Since then, the Lady Bengals have won nine straight and have never allowed more than one goal. Blythewood head coach Mike Mauldin is proud of his team’s success.

“The girls have met all challenges this season,” Mauldin said. “They’ve worked very hard to get where they are.”

Right now the Lady Bengals are in first place in region IV-4A with the Lady Vikings of Spring Valley (7-4, 3-1) in second place. The Lady Vikings’ only region loss came on March 19 at the hands of Blythewood, 3-1. Blythewood has outscored their opponents in their four region games 14-1 this season. Mauldin looks forward to the rest of the spring.

“Our girls have been focused on improving as a team,” Mauldin said. “We are excited about the possibilities for the remainder of the season.”

There are 10 games remaining in the regular season and the Lady Bengals are currently in the midst of a five game road stretch and will not return home until April 12 when they host the Lady Demons of Lugoff-Elgin (3-7, 1-3). Blythewood defeated the Lady Demons 5-0 at Lugoff-Elgin on March 15.

The Blythewood boys’ soccer team is ranked 11th in the state in class 4A with a 5-3 overall record including 4-0 in region. The Bengals started the season 1-3 but have taken off since the start of region play winning their last four in a row. Irmo (6-4, 3-1) and Richland Northeast (7-3, 3-1) are tied for second place in region IV-4A. Blythewood has outscored their region opponents 18-3.

The next home game for the Bengals isn’t until April 9 when they host Spring Valley. Kick-off is at 7:15 p.m.

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