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Here’s how boys and girls soccer teams from Upstate high schools fared in the state semifinals

With most of Monday’s high school sports washed out by storms, Tuesday became Upper State championship day for boys and girls soccer teams.

Riverside Boys defeated Wade Hampton with their sophomore hat trick

Marcus Smith scored three goals and was an unfortunate bounce away from a fourth as Riverside defeated Wade Hampton 5-1 for the Class AAAA boys soccer Upper State title.

The Warriors (16-5-1) will play for their fourth consecutive state title against James Island on Saturday (around 6:30 p.m.) at Memorial Stadium in Columbia. James Island (15-4-1) defeated Lucy Beckham 3-1 in the Lower State.

After a tight escape in the Upper State semifinals, 1-0 against North Augusta, Riverside coach Scott Columbia had a special request from Smith, an 18-goal sophomore.

“I talked to him before the game and said, ‘I need something special from you tonight.’ I need some goals,” Columbia said. “After he scored the first one, he said, ‘I have more for you, coach.’ ”

Smith scored two goals in the first half, and in between there was a ricochet miss off the post. That was okay, though, as Riverside’s Jeff Boa cleaned it up and scored. Anthony Riggs scored a goal in the second half for the Warriors.

Hunter Hamner scored for Wade Hampton to make it 2-1 with about five minutes left in the first half.

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The Generals entered on a 15-game winning streak, including two games against Riverside to win the Region 2-AAAA championship. Wade Hampton (16-4-1) was the No. 1 of 16 in the Upper State.

Both of Wade Hampton’s wins against Riverside during the regular season went into overtime, with neither team scoring more than one goal as the defense dominated.

Three goals from either team, let alone one person, would be considered a goal breakout.

“I’m ecstatic,” Smith said. “It feels great after losing twice. Usually we are locked in, but for this time we were really dialed in.”

Eastside girls get a chance to defend the state title

Defending Class AAAA girls state champion Eastside got a pair of goals in the first half, and that was enough considering the way the Eagles’ defense is playing.

Valeri Artemenko and Mary Holmes scored goals to beat Riverside 2-0 for the Upper State title. The Eagles (21-2) shut out their opponent for the eighth time in the past nine games with a total of one goal allowed.

Eastside, which has won 11 straight games, will play Lucy Beckham (19-3) in Columbia for the state championship on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

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∎ Christ Church will send both teams to Columbia. The No. 2 overall boys defeated Dixie 2-0 in the Class A state semifinals for a showdown with No. 1 seed and region rival St. Joseph’s Saturday at 10 a.m. The Christ Church girls defeated St. Joseph’s 3-1 in the Class A/AA semifinals and will play for the state title against Oceanside on Saturday around 12:30 p.m.

∎ Powdersville girls beat Daniel 2-0 to play Waccamaw for the Class AAA state title Friday at 5:30 p.m.

∎ Daniel boys defeated Powdersville 5-4 in overtime and will play Waccamaw for the Class AAA state title on Friday at approximately 7:30 p.m.

∎ The JL Mann boys and girls both fell short of a Patriots doubleheader in the Class AAAAA state finals. The boys lost to Fort Mill 5-0. The girls lost to Clover 2-0.

∎ On the Class AA boys side, Greenville Tech Charter’s season ended with a 3-0 loss to Gray Collegiate. GTC (14-6-1) had won eight of its previous nine matches, outscoring its opponents 60-4.

Todd Shanesy is an award-winning, veteran sportswriter who covers high school athletics for the Greenville News, Spartanburg Herald-Journal and Anderson Independent Mail in the USA TODAY Network. Contact him via email at [email protected]. Follow him on X, formerly known as Twitter, at @ToddShanesySHJ.

This article originally appeared in the Herald-Journal: SCHSL football playoffs: How Upstate boys and girls teams did