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With three potential matches in as many days, minimizing time on the field was a priority for the Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team Tuesday night.
The Knights did just that in the semifinal round of the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference tournament against Greenville Pope John Paul II on Forbes Field.
Junior Jackson Stone finished an assist from freshman Jeremy Alvarez six minutes into the second half, triggering the mercy rule and sending Greenfield into the conference title match with a 9-0 win.
At 15-7-2 overall, the Knights will observe Senior Night against nonconference foe Ridgecroft on Wednesday before heading to Goldsboro to face Wayne Country Day on Thursday at 4 for the tournament title.
Greenfield and WCD shared the conference title after defending each respective home field with overtime wins in the regular season.
Against Pope John Paul, the Knights enjoyed a balanced scoring effort from sophomore Zeke Ferell, Stone and Alvarez. Seniors Nick Achilles and Riley Jennings also put away finishes. Ferell had a hat trick, netting his three goals in the 13th, 15th and 37th minutes.
Greenfield led 7-0 at the half.
Six different players had assists for the Knights in the process, including freshman Will Powell, junior Alonso Hernandez, freshman Sebastian Partida, Stone, senior Argenis Mejia-Rodriguez and Alvarez. Stone had two assists.
Sophomore Tommy Fulghum had six saves in goal to get the abbreviated shutout.