Wando High School remains the top girls’ soccer program in the state. In fact, the Warriors are in the dynasty phase now that they have won three straight South Carolina High School League AAAAA state championships. But once again, it was a nail-biter. Wando edged J.L. Mann, 5-4 in penalty kicks, to win the title in Irmo on May 12, 2023. They finished regulation and four overtime periods tied, 1-1. Wando won the AAAAA championship in overtime last year.
Kylie Cino, who scored the game-winner in the finals last year, scored the equalizer in the second half of this year’s state championship match. Ansley Douty, Cino, Ella Grace Dillard, Marlie Nagle, and Ashton Douty all scored during penalty kicks.
The Warriors have won nine state titles in 18 years with Shannon Champ in charge of the girls’ soccer program, and 13 state titles overall in school history.
Wando finished the season with a 23-2-1 record.
2023 Varsity Roster
Seniors: Tory Cole, Lennon Leithauser, LeighAnn Siehl, Kendall Smith
Juniors: Kylie Cino, Ella Grace “EG” Dillard, Ansley Douty, Ashton Douty, Finley Dybik, Caroline Graham, Hannah Hall, Tatum Leach, Joy Slimmer
Sophomores: Caroline Blackburn, Sarah Diminico
Freshmen: Macey Dumin, Reese Funke, Natalie Gullo, Keira Jefferies, Marlie Nagle
Head coach: Shannon Champ
Assistant coach: Alexa Alchevsky
Manager: Arin Spickerman