Bishops oust Bulldogs in Lower State semifinals


CHARLESTON, S.C. --- As if they needed reminding, Bishop England boys soccer players heard again Saturday about what happened to them a year ago in the state championship game.


"We have to keep hammering at them, keep at them to always remember what happened last year," Bishops coach Ed Khouri said Saturday.

Winslow Carroll and Patrick Khouri scored goals to rally top-ranked Bishop England to a 2-1 victory over Silver Bluff in the Lower State semifinals of the Class AA playoffs.

"That's part of the experience you need when you play any sport," Khouri said. "And we need to learn from that.''

The Bishops were gunning for their sixth consecutive state title last year when they dropped a 1-0, triple-overtime decision to underdog Batesburg-Leesville in the championship game. Bishop England lost despite outshooting the Panthers, 41-6.

"We learned a lot from that game," said Carroll, a senior. "You can have 100 chances, but if they are not quality, you are not going to score."

The Bishops applied that lesson Saturday after eighth-ranked Silver Bluff (12-2) took an early lead on a goal by Eric Reyes in the 10th minute.

Bishop England rallied as Carroll and Khouri scored in a two-minute span late in the first half, but Silver Bluff kept the Bishops out of the goal in the second half, despite a 25-5 advantage in shots for Bishop England.

"We didn't really come to play like we did in our last match," said coach Khouri, whose team beat Stall, 10-1, in the second round. "Take nothing away from Silver Bluff. They are a quality team, but we managed to pull it through. Hopefully, we'll have a better game on Tuesday, because we will need it."

Carroll got the Bishops on the board first against Silver Bluff, when he took a through ball from Patrick Khouri and put it in the side net. Carroll returned the favor in the next minute, sending a cross in front of the net that Khouri deposited from point-blank range.

"It's really easy to work with Patrick," Carroll said. "He's really smooth on the ball and makes a lot of plays for you."

Bishops keeper Ross Rodgers went the whole way in goal, making four saves.