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It took nearly a week but Wilson Christian battled back to defeat Raleigh Friendship Christian 3-2 in overtime Monday to finish first in the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region’s District 3 boys soccer standings. The Chargers, now 12-8 overall, finished 8-1 in region play and will take the No. 2 East seed into the NCCSA 2-A playoffs as they will host Goldsboro Faith Christian in Friday’s opening round.
The Chargers trailed 2-1 when play was halted Tuesday, Oct. 10, due to lightning with 3 minutes, 6 seconds left in the first half. When play resumed, Gabe Barnes scored the tying goal, almost immediately. Teammate Bryce Murray threw the ball in and a Friendship Christian defender headed it but Barnes interceded and drilled in the equalizer.
That score stood through the second half and into the first 10-minute overtime period. But with nearly nine minutes gone from the second extra session, Zach Hunter, who had scored the Chargers’ first goal just before play was halted six days earlier, stole the ball and converted the breakaway opportunity with just 67 seconds left. Wilson Christian held off the Falcons for the win.
The Chargers, who outshot their guests 26-13, held Friendship scoreless over the final 81 minutes with senior center back Jay Grissom anchoring the strong defensive effort. Goalkeeper Harrison Parker made five saves.
Wilson Christian concludes its regular season Tuesday afternoon at Raleigh Christian.
Hunt clipped by Franklinton 2-1
This time, the Hunt High varsity boys soccer team found itself on the wrong end of a one-goal outcome with Franklinton.
Hunt notched its only tally off a Red Rams own goal in the 20th minute to equalize, but the Warriors’ defense permitted an unmarked player to head the ball in 20 minutes into the second half, sending Hunt to a 2-1 loss on its home field.
Hunt fell to 11-9 overall and 7-2 within the 3-A Big East Conference and can assure itself of at least a share of the conference title with a win over archrival Fike on Wednesday. That share can turn into outright possession with a win and Southern Nash losses to either Rocky Mount on Tuesday or the Red Rams on Wednesday. Hunt does own the regular-season series over the Firebirds.
Franklinton departed 15-6 in all matches, 4-5 within the Big East.
Lady Bruins win EPC doubles title
Just as it had done during the regular season, North Johnston dominated the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference girls tennis tournament Wednesday at Beddingfield — at least in singles.
The Lady Panthers produced all four semifinalists with junior Nina Bohunska taking down senior teammate Emily Benedict 6-0, 6-0 in the finals.
In doubles, the tandem of Karissa Hayes-Sabrina Wasilewski downed the North Johnston senior duo of Lanie Headley-Abby Morris 6-1, 6-2 in the final. Hayes-Wasilewski knocked off teammates Savannah Barberio-Brianna Hale 6-2, 6-3 while Headley-Morris earned its spot in the final with a 7-6(3), 7-5 triumph over North Pitt’s Abigayle Culler-Charnay Brown.
The Lady Panther duo was on the losing end of another tight match for third place as Barberio-Hale emerged a 7-6(5), 7-6(4) victor.
Bohunska, who didn’t lose a game in four matches, breezed past junior teammate Maria Teural 6-0, 6-0 in one semifinal while Benedict dispatched Olivia Gachuz 6-1, 6-3 in the other. Teural beat Gachuz 8-1 in the third-place match, which coaches decided to make a pro set because of impending darkness.
All four singles and doubles semifinalists will compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 2-A East Regional tournament at Greene Central next week. Greene Central was originally the site of the EPC tourney but coaches elected to move the last two rounds to Beddingfield due to rain.
Lady Wildcats sweep Elm City
Trista Waddell had 15 service points Monday to lead the Springfield volleyball team to a 25-12, 25-11, 25-14 win over visiting Elm City.
Bailey Kirby had 10 service points for the Lady Wildcats (8-2), with Madison Mercer adding nine. Madelyn Ellis and Audrey Earp tacked on three kills each. Waddell and Alex Williams tallied a pair of kills each.
Springfield is at Toisnot on Wednesday.