TL Hanna soccer lost to Wando in SCHSL State Championship match

IRMO – The TL Hanna girls’ soccer team didn’t leave here with the Class AAAA Championship Trophy as planned.

Hanna ran out of steam against Wando to lose 2-1 in overtime in a SCHSL Championship match.

“They left everything on the field,” TL Hanna coach Ansley Pendergrass said after the match. “I don’t have any depth, I landed once in 100 minutes of football. And these girls gave everything they had.

“I knew if it went on overtime we wouldn’t be able to hold out. But it was a great match, and a great season. It was a Cinderella story to be honest with you.”

TL Hanna came to the state championship by scoring 15-7-1. Wando was 18-1 and was the #1 ranked team in the AAAA, and the Blue Jackets still took them to the brink.

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TL Hanna High gathers with runners-up after playing Wando in the AAAAA 2022 SCHSL Girls' Football Championship game at Irmo High School on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

Not much gave TL Hanna the chance and it proved that they belong.

The turn of the season began after consecutive losses to top competitors in the region. In April, J.L. Mann defeated Hanna 2-1, and the following week Mauldin won 3-1.

Pendergrass thought they were “going to fall apart” because of how these two games had fallen apart, but it all turned out to be how far they went to the championship.

After losing Mauldin, TL Hanna went in nine straight matches until the title match. Throughout the entire qualifier, TL Hanna played on the road and persevered until the end.

TL Hanna junior Autumn Cayelli controls the ball during the first half of the AAAAA 2022 SCHSL Girls' Football Championship game at Ermou High School on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

“I think it’s really just our effort,” little Autumn Kylie said of the transformation. “That’s what we’ve been talking about in every game, just putting in the effort for everyone, every one. We’ve worked for our seniors, that’s all there is to it.

“We have been making all this effort and everything we can do, everything we put on the field is for the seniors. Because we want to work for each other, I think that’s what got us here.”

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