AREA ROUNDUP: Knights, Cyclones split at CCS showcase

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After opening its season with a 2-1 victory over Winterville Christ Covenant on Friday, the Greenfield School varsity girls soccer team was handed a 6-2 setback at the hands of Neuse Christian in the annual Community Christian School showcase.

Versus Christ Covenant, Greenfield, a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, seized a 2-0 lead on goals by junior Caroline Stone and seventh grader Serenity McNair.

Greenfield’s first goal was scored when junior Kaelyn Wall dropped a pass to Stone at the top of the 18-yard area, who fired it into the lower left corner.

The Lady Knights doubled the margin after freshman Hannah Achilles worked her way through two defenders and found McNair on the left wing. Taking a step forward, McNair put away a left-footed shot from 14 yards away to give Greenfield a 2-0 lead.

Christ Covenant halved the margin in the second half, but could not find an equalizer. Greenfield held a 12-7 advantage in shots.

Details from the Neuse Christian match were unavailable.

Greenfield opens CPIC play Thursday, facing Greenville Pope John Paul II on Forbes Field.

On Saturday, Greenfield opens play in the Brittany XV at Gillette Soccer Complex, taking on Durham School of the Arts at 9:30 a.m. on Gillette Field No. 3.

Greenfield, 10-7 a season ago and qualifiers in the second round of the playoffs, won their first match under the girls’ stewardship of head coach Eric Nguyen on Friday.

Lady Cyclones kick off at 1-1

After being rained out Friday, the Community Christian School girls soccer team launched its 2019 Saturday at its annual showcase event and split two contests.

The Lady Cyclones, 1-A members of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference, opened with a 1-0 loss to Salisbury North Hills Christian on Saturday morning before returning for a 3-0 victory over Ridgecroft.

Versus Ridgecroft, sophomore Olivia Walker put away two goals for CCS, with Bobbiann Lee, an eighth grader, providing the other.

CCS hits the road for the first time Friday, visiting Winterville Christ Covenant.

The Lady Cyclones will play their Brittany XV game in their traditional Saturday afternoon late-session slot, opposing Roxboro Person at 4 on Gillette Field No. 3.

CCS is coming off a 7-9-1 season in 2018 under the direction of head coach Monica Mills, where the Lady Cyclones reached the second round of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association postseason as an unseeded team.