Pinewood delivers Hammond heartbreak again in SCISA girls soccer finals

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Defense led the way for Pinewood Prep over the Hammond girls soccer team at Cardinal Newman’s St. Sebastian Stadium Saturday.

The Panthers kept the Skyhawks out of scoring position for much of the game. Goals from Kailen Dasinger, Isabelle Pesce and Sara Clayton secured a 4-0 victory over Hammond and a second straight SCISA 3A girls soccer state championship for Pinewood.

It was the second straight year Pinewood beat Hammond (14-8) for the title, and the sixth girls soccer title in school history.

“The season was incredible. But the season was the buildup for this game and we just came up short,” Hammond head coach Rafael Marquez said. “Credit Pinewood, great game. Their fans were the difference. Our defense just fell short today. It happens.”

Pinewood midfielder Jessica Osborne showed how dominant she was. She met every Hammond assault during the game and kicked it away.

“There was no soccer played on the field by them,” Marquez said. “It was just back to Jessica and boom, long ball. She’s an amazing player.”

Osborne is a big reason why the Panthers have not conceded a goal in the playoffs this year.

“When you have a defense like that, it definitely helps you,” said Pinewood coach Gail Osborne, who is also Jessica’s mom. “She’s solid. She’s committed to Auburn and leads by example. She has an extremely great work ethic and inspires the girls.”

Both teams battled across the field for the first 30 minutes trying to find an opportunity. The Panthers found theirs first. As Skyhawks goalkeeper Maxine Palisin moved up to get the ball, Kailen Dasinger got possession of it first and drove a kick into the back of an unprotected net.

That score turned out to be the only first-half opportunity for both teams, as Hammond went into intermission holding a 1-0 lead.

Pinewood had better fortune in the second half.

At the 44th minute, Isabelle Pesce recovered a shot that careened off Hammond’s overhead bar and kicked it into the net to make it 2-0 Panthers.

Sara Clayton and Dasinger cashed in on goals in the 58th and 59th minute to make it 4-0 Pinewood. Both kicks were about 20 yards from the goal.

The Skyhawks lose eight seniors, but Marquez is proud of what the team accomplished and the team’s future.

“Our starting center back Eme McQueen, she’s a big loss. I hate it for her,” Marquez said. “She deserved to go out with a championship; she’s our wall back there. Our striker Katie Wallace Frye is also leaving.

“We lost 13 seniors last year and eight this year, so we’re a pretty young team,” he said. “For them it was a tremendous season. We came together at the right time, we just fell short.”

Peyton Vidrine of Hammond School tries to gain control of the ball as Alexa McCardle of Pinewood Prep moves in during the SCISA Class 3A Girls State Soccer Championship on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Columbia.
Peyton Vidrine of Hammond School tries to gain control of the ball as Alexa McCardle of Pinewood Prep moves in during the SCISA Class 3A Girls State Soccer Championship on Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Columbia.
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