By CT McDonald


Dutch Fork’s varsity soccer teams began the 2016-17 spring sports season competing in prestigious preseason tournaments, and are now heavily engaged in region competition early in their campaigns.

The Silver Fox girls completed the annual Viking Cup tournament at Spring Valley High 1-1-1 with a 3-0 shutout over Cardinal Newman to start the tournament, followed by a 1-1 tie with Bishop England — with the Foxes advancing by winning 5-4 in penalty kicks (PK’s) — and then taking a 3-0 loss to Fort Mill in the bracket championship game.

Fort Mill advanced to defeat Lexington in the semifinals and to finish as tournament runner-up with a 3-2 loss to J. L. Mann in the tournament finals.

Dutch Fork then opened the regular season last week with a 2-0 home game loss to Irmo, and then completed the first week with a 2-1 loss at River Bluff.

With no game early this week, the Silver Foxes now look to Thursday’s home game against Chapin, with another home game on the agenda Friday when the Bengals of Blythewood visit. Next week starts with the third of a three game home stand when Lexington’s Wildcats visit, with all three games set to get under way at 7 pm.

The Dutch Fork boys played in the second annual preseason Capital City Cup tournament and came away 2-1 with a first round 14-0 shutout against Lower Richland, then a 1-0 loss to Fort Dorchester in the second round, and a 3-1 win against Brookland-Cayce in the third round of bracket competition.

Now the Silver Foxes have recorded a 2-0 region loss to River Bluff in the regular season opener and two non-conference shutouts that followed: 1-0 over Dreher late last week and 6-0 over Mid-Carolina early this week. They will resume region competition Friday when they visit Blythewood at 7:15 pm and then continue with a 7 pm road game at Lexington on Tuesday, next week.

Looking ahead, Dutch Fork’s boys plan to compete in the Airport Select Invitational tournament March 31 – April 2.