In the showcase renamed for his late grandfather, Greenfield School junior Jackson Stone kicked off the 2017 varsity boys soccer season in style Thursday night on Forbes Field.
Stone opened the scoring in the ninth minute, and, from a 3-0 margin, knocked in three straight tallies before halftime on the way to a dominant 9-0 win over Fayetteville Freedom Christian in the Dr. Robert T. Stone Memorial Showcase, formerly called the Greenfield Cup.
Greenfield, in opening defense of its North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1-A title, picked up a combined shutout from goalkeepers Tommy Fulghum and Luke Flaherty.
Stone’s opening tally was assisted by Sebastian Partida before Stone supplied Jeremy Alvarez with the assist in the 13th minute.
Approximately four minutes later, Alvarez fed Gabe Torres, who put it away past the Freedom keeper for a 3-0 Greenfield cusion.
Stone had an unassisted marker in the 20th minute that was sandwiched between assists from Cullen Wells in the 19th and Jonah Lozevski in the 26th.
Out of halftime and with the Knights possessing a 6-0 lead, Wells put away a finish off an Argenis Rodriguez assist in the 43rd.
Rodriguez brought forth the nine-goal mercy rule shortly thereafter, taking an assist from Alex Cortez-Rodriguez and sending it past the goal line for the 8-0 Greenfield edge.
The end came in the 50th minute from Rodriguez, who used a Benji Cortez-Rodriguez assist to bring forth the final whistle.
Freedom Christian, now competing as a 2-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Sandhills Athletic Conference, was Greenfield’s former conference foe in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference.
In the other game on the opening day of showcase play, Hickory Christian clipped Winston-Salem Calvary Day School 1-0.
Greenfield continues play in the showcase Friday against Calvary Day School at 7 p.m.