The Wando High School girls' soccer program is used to winning state titles; the Warriors had 10 of them coming into this past weekend's South Carolina High School League AAAAA finals showdown with J.L. Mann. However, Wando was looking for its first state crown since 2014, and first at the AAAAA level. Both stretches ended thanks to a 2-1 overtime victory over the Patriots in Irmo on May 14, 2021.
Kaleigh Bosak scored the eventual game-winning goal in the second overtime period (assist from Kylie Cino) and ended J.L. Mann's run as a three-time defending state champ. Gwen Keiser scored Wando's other goal in the second half, with the assist coming from her twin sister, Emma Keiser. The victory over J.L. Mann meant a lot for the Warriors since the Patriots beat them in the state finals in 2015, 2017, and 2019.
The Warriors, who finished the season with a 16-1 mark, now have 11 state championships in girls' soccer.
Head coach Shannon Champ now has seven state titles in her 16 seasons in charge of the Warriors' varsity program.
The 2021 Wando AAAAA girls' soccer state championship roster includes the following:
Seniors - Zaria Ascue, Emma Keiser, Gwen Keiser, and Taylor Read
Juniors - Kaleigh Bosak, Caroline Brinson, Macey Brooks, Morgan de Barros, Alyssa Graham, Taitum Maxwell, Julia McKellar, Allie Seigel, Anna Sheppard, Caroline Richvalsky, Grace Waite, Kennedi Walker
Sophomores - Zoe Carpenter and Lennon Leithauser
Freshmen - Kylie Cino, E.G. Dillard, Ansley Douty, Ashton Douty, and Finley Dybik