Wiggins ready to represent CCHS in Clash Saturday | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | July 7, 2016 5:00 am
Last Updated: July 6, 2016 at 11:11 am
By CINDY CROSBY
Allyn Wiggins, recent graduate from Colleton County High School, has just weeks left before she’ll begin her collegiate soccer career as a Furman University Paladin. In the meantime, Wiggins is staying busy. Last week, she competed in the U.S. Youth Soccer 2016 Region III Championships with the U19 Carolina Elite Soccer Association (CESA) in Greenville, and this week, she’ll represent Colleton County High School in the Clash of the Carolinas.
In the U.S. Youth Soccer 2016 Region III Championships, top teams from across the region compete for the title and the opportunity to advance to nationals. This year’s event kicked off with opening ceremonies Thursday June 23 and finished Thursday June 30.
Wiggins and her CESA teammates captured the Region III Championship, going undefeated through five games. In bracket play, CESA defeated the 96 TFCA Alliance (2-0), IMG Academy (10-1) and WSA 97 Red (4-0). In the semifinals, they shutout Brownsville United FC97 in a 3-0 match. For the Region III Championship, they claimed a 2-0 victory in a rematch against the 96 TFCA Alliance.
The win qualified Wiggins’ team to participate in the National Championships to be held July 25-30 at the Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas. According to a U.S. Youth Soccer press release, nationals provides more than 10,000 teams from U.S. Youth Soccer’s 55 state associations the opportunity to showcase their abilities against the best competition in the nation, while emphasizing teamwork, discipline and fair play. The event is a top recruiting opportunity for college coaches with the nation’s top players in attendance.
Wiggins will leave today (Thursday July 7) to represent Colleton County High School in the 2016 Clash of the Carolinas to be played on Saturday at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C., at 12 noon. She is the first player in the school’s history to be selected for this honor, which is the soccer equivalent to the annual Shrine Bowl. The match will pit the top-18 players from South Carolina against the North Carolina team.
Wiggins is the daughter of Deana and Daniel Wiggins of Walterboro and granddaughter of Alford and Betty Wiggins. She plans to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology at Furman.