Chargers lose opener; Knights settle for draw

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One team saw a two-goal lead evaporate over the final 18 minutes, while another received a rude introduction to the 2017 varsity boys soccer season Friday night.

At Greenfield, a 3-1 edge for the Knights failed to hold up, as well-traveled Winston-Salem Calvary Day School rallied to forge a 3-3 tie on Forbes Field during the second day of the Dr. Robert T. Stone Memorial Showcase.

Meanwhile, across town, a Wilson Christian side boasting just three seniors received a rude introduction to the 2017 season Friday night at the hands of DASH United in a 6-1 setback. The match served as the season opener for both teams.


Greenfield, the defending North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A champion, presented as the better side through the first half. Junior Jackson Stone knocked in his fifth goal in two games on a penalty kick in the sixth minute, giving Greenfield the early lead.

It didn’t take long for the Knights to strike again, as Stone sent a well-struck service into the box for freshman Jeremy Alvarez. Getting his head on the end of it, Alvarez put it away to send Greenfield (1-0-1) up 2-0 just eight minutes in.

Yet Greenfield would not add to its lead before the 40-minute whistle blew.

Calvary Day halved the margin with the first goal of the second half, but it appeared the Knights would stem the tide on Stone’s second assist, this one to senior Argenis Mejia Rodriguez to put Greenfield up 3-1 in the 62nd minute.

But Calvary Day, a 2-A member of the split 1-A/2-A/3-A Triad Athletic Conference, put away back-to-back unanswered goals before the end of the match, forcing Greenfield to settle for the draw.

Sophomore Tommy Fulghum went the distance for the Knights in goal.

Greenfield concludes play in the showcase Saturday afternoon, taking on Hickory Christian at 1 p.m. Hickory overwhelmed Fayetteville Freedom Christian 9-1 in the first match of the day.


Struggling to connect passes and consistently get the ball out of the midfield, the Chargers fell down 3-0 at halftime against the more physically imposing side and picked up a lone 53rd-minute goal from freshman Jack Ortiz.

The match served as the season opener for both teams.

“We played very passive,” Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson said. “We’re a young team. We’ve got some upperclassmen, but guys are stepping up now who haven’t seen quite as much action. It’s a good reminder that soccer at this level, when it’s played right, is constant activity. We’ve got to step that up.”

DASH outshot Wilson Christian 25-7 and would have expanded its three-goal halftime margin by more if not for the rugged play of sophomore keeper Harrison Parker. Parker had 12 saves and turned away several quality scoring chances from DASH in the opening 40 minutes.

“He stepped up,” Samson said of Parker. “He hasn’t played keeper long. But he’s learning the position and he bailed us out a lot.”

WCA of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks averted the shutout in the 53rd after junior Zach Hunter took a shot that punched out of immediate danger by the DASH keeper. However, Ortiz secured the rebound and found a quality opportunity, putting the ball away for the lone Chargers goal.

That temporarily brought the hosts to within two goals before DASH put the match away with finishes in the 60th, 70th and 78th minutes. DASH put away a first-half free kick as part of its 3-0 halftime cushion.

Wilson Christian begins play in the Rotary Cup on Tuesday afternoon, opposing Fike High at 5 p.m. at Gillette Soccer Complex.