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For what was played, shutouts were the order of the evening Tuesday during the opening night of play in the sixth annual Rotary Cup at Gillette Soccer Complex.
While Fike High was able to get in a full 80 minutes in a 6-0 win over Wilson Christian, the other two matches were influenced by the arrival of lightning in the area. As Greenfield held a 3-0 lead over Beddingfield in the 68th minute, the teams were ordered off the field. The lightning did not relent before showers arrived, causing the match to become official since the midpoint of the second half was reached.
Hunt and Community Christian reached the 17th minute before lightning intervened. An unassisted tally by Warriors senior David Joyner accounted for the only scoring in a match that was postponed until Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. At that time, the match will resume from the point of stoppage with Hunt, the defending Rotary Cup champions, nursing a one-goal lead.
All six teams will be back in action Thursday, with Wilson Christian taking on Beddingfield at 5 p.m. Greenfield opposes Hunt at 6:30, while Fike and CCS close the second night’s slate of matches at 8.
FIKE 6, WILSON CHRISTIAN 0
Junior Myles Cyrus led the way for the Golden Demons, completing a hat trick with 72nd- and 75th-minute goals in the win over Wilson Christian.
Fike of the 3-A Big East Conference had three goals in each half, with Cyrus opening the scoring in the 18th minute off an assist from sophomore Kevin Mendoza. Senior Matt Cotton followed approximately three minutes later for Fike, with freshman Jarrett Smith striking in the 27th to send the Demons into halftime with a 3-0 lead.
Wilson Christian out of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks fell to 0-2.
“We failed to move together throughout the field,” Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson said. “We didn’t stay compressed defensively. We allowed ourselves to be easily run at and gave easy avenues to the goal. I was pleased to see improvement on effort and execution.”
Fike, which outshot the Chargers 24-4 in winning its opener, made it 4-0 four minutes into the second half on freshman Gavin Wheeler’s finish. Following an unassisted finish from Cyrus in the 72nd, sophomore Mason Lee had the assist on the third Cyrus goal in the 75th.
Sophomore Harrison Parker tallied 10 saves for Wilson Christian.
GREENFIELD 3, BEDDINGFIELD 0
The Knights did all of their damage in the first half, and the debut of Mark Aldrich in a head coaching capacity for Beddingfield was spoiled in the weather-shortened outcome.
Greenfield, the defending North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion, remained unbeaten in three matches by moving to 2-0-1. Beddingfield, a member of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, lost its season opener.
Junior Jackson Stone quickly put the Knights on top in the second minute, and in the 34th, slid a shrewd through ball to freshman Jeremy Alvarez. Alvarez finished past Beddingfield keeper Josaiah Parker, granting Greenfield a two-goal lead.
In the final minute of the first half, Alvarez scored again. He took a pass from senior Argenis Mejía-Rodriguez and beat the Bruins for the second time, netting his second tally with five seconds on the first-half clock.
“It was good communication by our three lines,” Greenfield head coach Randol Mendoza said. “That turned into possession for us.”
Beddingfield was aggressive with its substitution patterns in the second half, and the moves enabled the Bruins to generate threats on Greenfield sophomore keeper Tommy Fulghum.
Senior Jose Cabrera-Real twice came close to breaking Greenfield’s shutout before the lightning arrives. In the 53rd minute, Cabrera-Real headed a nice cross from classmate Ronald Lemus-Hernandez right into the arms of Fulghum. In the 66th minute, Cabrera-Real struck the far post with his shot.
“It looked like our first match,” Aldrich said. “It looked like we were playing a scrimmage and they were playing their third game.”
Fulghum had nine saves in goal for the Knights.