Lions make history with second straight state title

By Bru Nimmons
Sports Editor

COLUMBIA — Coming off a dominant playoff run to its third straight Upper State title, the Daniel High School boys’ soccer team radiated confidence as it hoped to make history in Saturday night’s Class 3A state championship match against Beaufort High School.

The Lions proved reasonable in their self-assurance, taking control of the game within the first 10 minutes of action and never letting up in a 3-0 win to secure their second consecutive state title.

“After that Powdersville game (a 4-0 quarterfinal win for Daniel), we felt like we could beat anybody, anywhere,” Daniel senior captain and Gardner-Webb signee Ethan Marrero said. “We came out and we were confident in our ability to play, and we came home with thechampionship.”

While the win gave the Lions the sixth state championship in the storied history of the school’s soccer program, it was the first time that Daniel had

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