Thank you for being one of our most loyal readers. Please consider supporting community journalism by subscribing.
RALEIGH — Staring at a three-goal deficit on the road 34 minutes into play Tuesday night, the Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team staged a furious comeback and toppled 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference foe Friendship Christian 4-3 in overtime.
Junior William Smith slotted home the game-ending “golden goal” eight minutes into the first extra period off a corner kick from classmate Jeremy Alvarez. From inside the penalty area, Smith one-touched the service from Alvarez past the keeper from approximately 10 yards away.
It was the sixth corner drawn by Greenfield (6-1, 1-0 CPIC) which also outshot Friendship 26-15 in winning its fourth straight match.
Indeed, Greenfield overcame a sloppy, slow start after conceding a penalty kick in the opening minute. In the 28th, a defensive lapse allowed a poke-in by the Falcons, and a counterattack that finished in the back of the Knights’ net in the 34th left the visitors down 3-0 at half.
However, Greenfield began its march back with just under 35 minutes to play in regulation.
Alvarez converted a free kick from 20 yards out to put the Knights on the board before immediate game pressure was applied to Friendship one minute later. A through ball to senior Zeke Ferrell made its way past the goal line, pulling Greenfield within one.
In the 67th minute, sophomore Matt Kirby sent a cross to Smith. Smith sent a shot on frame that was bobbled by the Friendship (0-4, 0-1 CPIC) keeper and pushed across the goal mouth.
“The boys showed fire and mental toughness after the half and fought for every opportunity,” Greenfield head coach Eric Nguyen said. They deserved this comeback win.”
Greenfield returns to Forbes Field on Wednesday to host Parrott Academy.
Ladybirds beat NJ, stay unbeaten
STANHOPE — The rampaging Southern Nash High varsity volleyball team kept its best start in many years going Tuesday night with a 25-19, 25-7, 25-20 victory over visiting North Johnston.
Southern Nash of the 3-A Big East Conference played “excellent defense,” in the words of head coach Melanie Hicks, with junior Taylor Bailey, junior Ashton Moore and senior Magan Bland pacing the offense.
Lyndsey Turner, a senior, ended the match with a forceful spike at net.
Due to technical issues, stats were not available for the Ladybirds.
North Johnston, out of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, dropped to 1-3.
Southern Nash visits Beddingfield on Thursday, with North Johnston home to Neuse Charter.
CCS swept away by DASH in 3 sets
Simply initiating its offense proved to be an insurmountable obstacle for the Community Christian School volleyball team Tuesday night as the Lady Cyclones remain in search of their first victory following a 25-17, 25-9, 25-10 loss to DASH United at Peace Church.
Senior Lauren Pate led the Lady Cyclones, a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference, with three kills and nine service points.
Freshman Abigail Jackson tallied nine service points for CCS (0-4).
“We really struggled in serve receive tonight and it really hurt us,” CCS head coach Kelly Bradshaw noted.
The Lady Cyclones continue a four-match homestand Thursday against Lawrence Academy.
Lady Chagers make quick work of Raleigh Christian
RALEIGH — Tori Linkous posted seven kills and three assists, and the Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team remained unbeaten with a brisk 25-16, 25-13, 25-20 win at Raleigh Christian on Tuesday.
Wilson Christian, playing out of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks, remained unbeaten through three matches.
Ashley Hartsfield ran the offense with 11 assists from the setter position and added four kills to go along with two aces. Madison Carnes excelled defensive with seven digs and added a pair of aces.
Danielle Reece tallied four kills, three digs and five assist.
Wilson Christian visits Halifax Academy on Thursday.
WCA teams finish 3rd at Faith Chr.
ROCKY MOUNT — Freshman Seth Trull set a new personal record in a time of 19:13 to pace Wilson Christian performances at a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference meet held at Faith Christian on Monday.
Both Charger teams finished third overall, with the top three finishers counting for a team score. WCA compiled 33 points, which was two back of runner-up Epiphany School at 31. Raleigh St. Thomas More Academy, which placed all of its scoring runners inside the top 10, coasted to the team victory with 12 points. While WCA is affiliated with the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks, it was an invited participant along with Rocky Mount Academy out of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s 1-A Tar Roanoke Conference.
Rounding out the field was Winterville Christ Covenant (39), host Faith Christian (41), Rocky Mount Academy (41), Halifax Academy (73), Oakwood (86) and Community Christian (100).
Finishing behind Trull in seventh place for WCA was Lin Scott, who finished in 19:59. Hudson Holloman was 20th in 22:22.50 for the Chargers final counting score.
In the field of 79 runners, CCS was represented by senior Thomas Lane (26th, 23:01), sophomore Caleb Boyette (45th, 26:05) and freshman Will Brantley (72nd, 31:54).
Timothy Flood of St. Thomas More won the individual boys race with his time of 18:09.
In the girls race, St. Thomas More had a trio of top-four finishes to win the team title with seven points. Oakwood was second with 28 as WCA (37), Halifax Academy (51), Rocky Mount Academy (54), Epiphany (59), Christ Covenant (70), Faith Christian (70) and Community Christian (76).
The Lady Chargers placed all scoring runners inside the top 16, paced by the sixth-place run of Holland Miller in 24:13. Emily Miles, a sixth grader in her second career race, set a PR in 16th in 26:43. Megan Clark followed eight seconds later in 17th.
Competing in a 58-runner field, CCS counted a 15th-place run from junior Olivia Walker (26:25), junior Kaitlyn Manning (33rd, 29:19) and sophomore Loreli Ferguson (54th, 35:15)
Anna Richard of St. Thomas More won the race in 20:37.
Wilson Christian visits Raleigh Ravenscroft on Thursday, while CCS visits St. Thomas More on the same day.
WCA denies Raleigh Christian, 2-0
RALEIGH — Sophomore Will Hoskins had a goal and an assist off a corner kick, and Ethan Mitchell put away the first-half service from Hoskins in a 2-0 victory for the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team at Raleigh Christian on Tuesday night.
Four minutes prior to halftime, Hoskins sent a corner kick into the penalty area that was put away by Mitchell, a junior. Wilson Christian (4-1, 2-0 region) picked up an insurance goal in the 65th on sophomore Alex Torres’ feed that was put away by Hoskins.
In goal, senior Harrison Parker logged his third consecutive shutout, making 10 saves. Defensively, junior Jack Ortiz and Torres kept pressure away from Parker in spots as head coach Don Samson credited his back line for their efforts in helping to preserve another clean sheet for the WCA keeper.
“It wasn’t a strong, complete game,” Samson said. “But we came through when it mattered.”
Wilson Christian owned a 16-13 edge in shots and will visit New Life Camp on Thursday.
Lady Demons count 7-2 victory over Corinth Holders
WENDELL — This time, a positive outcome by the Fike High girls tennis team against 4-A Corinth-Holders counted.
The Lady Golden Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference climbed to 4-0 by a 7-2 margin.
Coach Lee Matthews’ team also defeated Corinth-Holders in the Wilson Cup, but that outcome was declared unofficial because it was played before the first permissible playing date by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
The Lady Pirates of the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference dropped to 2-1.
Fike swept the doubles after posting a 4-2 singles lead.
Logan Adkins-Chandler Hill prevailed 8-1 at No. 1; Avery Rose Brown-Sophia Meszaros won 8-2 at No. 2; and Cappa Hill-Mary Thomas Watkins rallied from a 4-1 deficit to pull out an 8-6 conquest.
Matthews pointed out Brown-Meszaros lost to Corinth-Holders’ Deonna Adams-Aiyanna Pender in the Wilson Cup.
“The solid play in doubles continued today,” Fike’s coach observed.
In singles, Adkins, at No. 1, Chandler Hill at No. 4 and Cappa Hill at No. 5 remained unbeaten (4-0). Brown (2-1) won at No. 2.
FIKE 7, CORINTH-HOLDERS 2
Logan Adkins (F) def. Gianna Pettit 6-0, 6-3; Avery Rose Brown (F) def. Deonna Adams 7-5,6-1; Makensie Sawyer (CH) def. Sophia Meszaaros 6-2, 5-7, (10-7); Chandler Hill (F) def. Aiyanna Pender 6-0, 6-2; Cappa Hill (F) def. Molly Slemmer 6-0, 6-1; Aislinn Anne Brown (CH) def. Mary Thomas Watkins 7-5, 0-6, (11-9).
Adkins-Ch. Hill (F) def. Pettit-Slemmer 8-1; Brown-Meszaros (F) def. Adams-Pender 8-3; Ca. Hill-Watkins (F) def. Sawyer-Brown 8-6.
Ladybirds shut out Nash Central, 9-0
STANHOPE — The undefeated Southern Nash High girls tennis team continued to feast against nonconference opposition, blanking visiting Nash Central of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, 9-0, on Tuesday.
Winning via a shutout was the No. 1 doubles team of seniors Iris Radilla-Brisa Sevilla.
Notching singles wins were Radilla at No. 1, Sevilla at No. 2, junior Karen Flores at No. 3, senior Eliza Hernandez at No. 4, junior Rubi Gutierrez at No. 5 and junior Trisha Glover at No 6.
Surviving the sternest test was the No. 3 doubles pair of Hernandez-Glover with an 8-5 conquest. At No. 2 Flores-Gutierrez won 8-4.
The Ladybirds of the 3-A Big East Conference boosted their record to 5-0.
SOUTHERN NASH 9,
NASH CENTRAL 0
Iris Radilla (SN) def. Alexis Richardson 8-3; Brisa Sevilla (SN) def. Ziare Morallis 8-2; Karen Flores (SN) def. Kaylee Ray 8-1; Eliza Hernandez (SN) def. Savannah Smith 8-1; Rubi Gutierrez (SN) def. Aniya Farmer 8-2; Trisha Glover (SN) def. Oriana Battle 8-4.
Radilla-Sevilla (SN) def. Richardson-Battle 8-0; Flores-Gutierrez (SN) def. Ray-Smith 8-4; Hernandez-Glover (SN) def. Morallis-Farmer 8-5.
Balanced attack spurs Greenfield
RALEIGH — Four different players scored for the Greenfield School boys soccer team Tuesday as the Knights recorded their first victory with a 4-1 win at 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference opponent Faith Christian.
Sixth grader Landyn Coolbaugh had a goal and an assist for the Knights, with sixth grader Noah Wright, sixth grader Cooke Rhodes and freshman Charlie Fogleman adding scores.
Seventh graders Kel Winstead and Charles Thomas had assists for the Knights (1-1), who host Parrott Academy on Wednesday.
Greenfield swept by Falcons in 2
RALEIGH — Fletcher Worrell had 13 aces to account for just over 36% of the scoring for the Greenfield School volleyball team Tuesday, but it wasn’t enough for a win in a 25-20, 25-16 loss to Friendship Christian.
The Lady Knights host Wayne Christian on Thursday, Sept. 5
Lady Chargers cop victory at Hilltop
FUQUAY-VARINA — On the road again Friday, the Wilson Christian Academy volleyball team prevailed 27-29, 25-13, 25-11 against Hilltop Christian on Friday in its North Carolina Christian Schools Association 2-A East Region opener.
Sparking the Lady Chargers to their second win without a loss were Izzy Barnes with 10 service points, four aces and 15 assists; and Reagan Barnes with 17 service points.
Jennifer Edmundson supplied nine digs to the winning cause, while Sophia Nesbit pounced for seven kills. Kendall Sykes added 13 service points.