The Waccamaw girls varsity soccer team defeated the Georgetown Lady Bulldogs 5-1 March 7 at Georgetown High School. The Warriors move to 2-2 on the season and open region play 1-0 while the Lady Bulldogs are 1-1 and 0-1 in region play.

“Tonight was a good night. Overall I think we did well,” Waccamaw head coach Mark Sanchez said. “We are always going to have work to do. We played well here, now we have to go to another level.”

Waccamaw freshman Sarah Jones recorded her first hat trick, scoring three goals in the contest. Two of those came in the first half.

“She is playing phenomenal right now,” Sanchez said. “She is only a freshman. She is playing very well. She is learning and there are things we are going to add to her arsenal this year.”

Waccamaw sophomore Mary Dancy added a goal in the first half and junior Ashley Kopplin capped off the night with her first goal of the season.

Lady Warriors senior Lena Gammel said her team communicated well and made better decisions with their passing against Georgetown than they did in their loss to Carolina Forest earlier in the week.

“We weren’t so frantic when we got the ball. We opened up, moved off the ball and did a lot better,” Gammel said.

Georgetown head coach Shawn Studley said the game plan was to play a defensive set.

“We thought we were going to play a defensive set game and put some people back, but before the game we decided we didn’t want to sit back and play defense and wanted to see what we had.”

Georgetown goalkeeper Alston Nash had a busy night, recording 20 saves against the Warriors.

The Warriors scored two quick goals in the first half to go up 2-0. Sanchez took the opportunity to get his second-string players some experience. The Warriors added a goal before the end of the half and led 3-0 heading into the second half.

Sanchez said tonight was about seeing who he could trust moving forward this season.

“I need to see who I can trust and who I can put out their and they won’t panic,” Sanchez said.

Studley said the score should have been much worse at halftime.

“It should have been 12-0 because we were playing so poor,” Studley said. “Second half I challenged them to come out and play hard. We were hurting in the midfield tonight. We weren’t able to win any balls and control.”

Jones added her third goal of the night 10 minutes into the second half, giving the Warriors a 4-0 advantage. Sanchez said his team moved the ball well in the second half.

“We had some nice ball movement,” Sanchez said. “We are still not moving the ball quick enough, but they have the right idea. They are starting to get used to each other.”

Georgetown’s only goal came midway through the second half, when Baxley Crammer made a run and scored off an assist from Lauren Phipps. The Bulldogs made a few more runs near the Warrior goal, but couldn’t convert.

“It was 2-1 in the second half. If anything, I take away some confidence from that,” Studley said.

Waccamaw will face off against White Knoll on Saturday before hosting Bishop England on March 12. Georgetown will play Wilson this evening before hosting Hanahan on March 14.