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GOLDSBORO — Junior Jackson Stone emerged the victor in an 87th-minute scramble Thursday afternoon and put a ball away inside the six-yard line, allowing the Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team to claim the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference tournament title with a 2-1 win over Wayne Country Day.
The Knights, in improving to 16-7-2, won their 11th straight match and captured the season series from Wayne Country Day. All three contests between the sides to date have reached overtime. WCD (17-3), with two of its three losses to Greenfield, will also await the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association seeding meetings Saturday.
Freshman William Smith headed in a cross from freshman Jeremy Alvarez in the 27th minute for the only goal of the first half. WCD equalized in the 60th, using a 25-yard free kick from Ben Cohen, the league’s Player of the Year.
Seven minutes into the first of two 10-minute overtimes, Stone put away the finish off the scramble.
Senior Argenis Mejia-Rodriguez was voted the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while junior Luke Flahery was credited with a whopping 16 saves.
Chargers blank Bethel 3-0
KINSTON — Junior Brice Murray had a pair of first-half goals, and classmate Zach Hunter tacked on another in the 50th to lead the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team to a 3-0 victory at Kinston Bethel Christian on Tuesday.
WCA moved to 10-8 overall and 6-1 in the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A District 3 ranks. The Chargers visit Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian on Friday and complete a suspended game with Raleigh Friendship Christian on Monday to end the regular season. WCA trails Friendship 2-1 with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.
Hunter, who assisted on both Murray goals, provided his assists in the 4th and 32nd minutes.
Junior Evan Wright found Hunter for the finish 10 minutes into the second half.
WCA outshot Bethel 20-7, while sophomore keeper Harrison Parker had five saves in notching the shutout.
Head coach Don Samson credited the solid defensive play of seniors Jay Grissom and Josiah McClanahan in the win.
Bethel dropped to 7-8, 4-6 within region play.
The game was a makeup from a previously scheduled date, which was moved due to rain.
Hunt outlasts Fike in five sets
The Hunt High varsity volleyball team was extended five sets before continuing its mastery against archrival Fike in the regular-season finale for both teams Thursday evening in the Fike High gym.
The Lady Warriors, in claiming second place in the 3-A Big East Conference, pulled out a 25-19, 23-25, 17-25, 25-18, 16-14 victory to finish 8-2 in the conference and 14-8 overall.
The Lady Golden Demons wound up 5-5 in the conference and 8-12 overall.
Fike plays its fourth match this week, hosting Northern Nash in the opening round of the conference tournament at 4 p.m. Friday.
In winning the last two sets to sweep the regular-season series, Hunt was powered by senior Amoret Stinagle with 16 kills, senior Sarah Bulluck with 13, sophomore Megan Martinez with 10 and senior Madison Parker with 10.
Sophomore Brianna Moore responded with 49 assists. Allyson Matthews served for five aces among her 14 points and provided excellent deense. Kimberly Evans boosted the offense with 11 service points.
Fike suffered Senior Day heartbreak despite 16 kills, 11 blocks and eight digs from 6-foot-2 senior Mason Blake. Senior Katherine Newton and junior JahAsia Pernell added five kills each. Senior Bailee Summerlin worked for 13 digs.
Sophomore Reece Nelson emergd Fike’s assists leader with 32. Fike registered a season-best 23 blocks.