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WILMINGTON — While dominating the offensive end for much of the game, the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team needed a rescuing goal with two minutes to play in regulation before finally dispatching host Wilmington Christian in a shootout Friday.
The win allowed the Chargers to seize the top seed from the East Region in the upcoming North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A playoffs. Wilson Christian, the District 3 champion, emerged 15-4-3 overall and 9-0 in region action while the Patriots fell to 10-8 and 6-2.
The Chargers, who gave up a goal in the 12th minute and then scored an own goal for Wilmington in the 28th minute, trailed 2-0 until Aiden Brown finished a pass from teammate Alex Torres in the 65th minute. The equalizer came in the 78th minute when Will Hoskins took a pass from teammate Ethan Mitchell and cranked a shot from outside the 18-yard line that dribbled between the Patriots goalkeeper’s legs and into the goal.
“It didn’t look good for us for a long time,” Chargers head coach Don Samson said. “We outpossessed and outworked them really but we were getting beat on the scoreboard and we found a way to work it out.”
After two scoreless five-minute overtime periods, the Chargers took control right away on penalty kicks when the Patriots missed the first one and Gabe Barnes converted his attempt to give Wilson Christian a 1-0 lead.
Chargers goalkeeper Harrison Parker then stopped Wilmington’s next shot before Hoskins was successful on his for a 2-0 lead. The teams traded goals in the third round with Torres connecting for Wilson Christian. Parker then made another save to end the shootout.
Parker finished with six saves, including four in regulation, while Wilson Christian won the shots battled 21-7.
The Chargers will visit Wilson Prep on Monday and host an NCCSA playoff game Oct. 22.
Lady Chargers win Pumpkin Run
With fall weather serving as the backdrop, the Wilson Christian girls cross-country team defended its home course Thursday afternoon by winning the fifth annual Pumpkin Run on the WCA campus.
A total of 20 schools participated, with new course records set by race winners Gavin Lenz of Lee Christian in 18:07 and Lucia Ganhi from Alamance Christian in 21:59.
The Lady Chargers placed a pair of runners in the top 10 to set the pace for a 52-62 win over runner-up Wayne Christian. The top four runners from each team were scored, with Alamance Christian (64), Raleigh Friendship Christian (65) and Wilmington Christian (70) rounding out the top five schools in a field of 58 runners.
Pacing the WCA girls was sixth grader Emily Miles in 23:16, a new personal best en route to a sixth-place finish. Holland Miller crossed the line in 23:35 to establish another personal best. The Lady Chargers also scored the times of Megan Clark (18th, 24:39) and Ocean Reece (24th, 25:05). Clark established another PR.
On the boys side, the one-two combo of Seth Trull and Lin Scott wasn’t enough to overcome Lee Christian for the boys crown, with the Chargers nudged by a 52-55 margin. Friendship Christian (56), Wilmington Christian (67) and Lexington Union Grove (73) comprised the top five.
Trull finished fifth in 19:05, while Scott was sixth in 19:26. Both marks are new personal bests. Following for the Chargers were Hudson Holloman’s 20th-place jaunt in 20:44 and Cameron Ricks finishing 24th in 21:11. All four WCA scorers in the boys established new personal standards, and 13 total runners accomplished the feat across both rosters.
For Community Christian, Thomas Lane’s 19th-place run in 20:43 and Christian McFarland’s 35th-place showing in 21:56 paced the Cyclones.
Lady Bruins claim EPC title
PINETOPS — Opposing Farmville Central as its only obstacle to team supremacy in the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, the Beddingfield High girls cross-country team accomplished that objective Wednesday afternoon on the course of SouthWest Edgecombe.
With North Johnston’s Caroline Leegins winning the indvidual championship in 25:40, the Lady Bruins responded to a second-place finisher from Farmville Central by securing the next four positions and claiming a 20-35 victory.
The Beddingfield quartet of Shelby Aycock (3rd, 26:43), Ava Wainwright (4th, 27:55), Marisol Sanchez (5th, 28:02) and Jasmine Juarez (6th, 28:52) crossed the line in succession, and the 12th-place showing of Sarah Searles in 31:08 clinched matters for the Lady Bruins. Only runners represented by full teams score points that counted toward the conference championship, and the field consisted of just 18 runners.
Farmville Central’s Nina Jefferson finished second in 25:45 before the start of the Beddingfield insurgence.
For North Johnston, Angela James-Creech turned in a seventh-place time of 29:21.
In the boys race, the area trio of SouthWest Edgecombe, North Johnston and Beddingfield each placed runners in the top 10 individually, but could not overcome boys champion Nash Central, which secured positions two through five in succession to win the team title.
The Bulldogs owned a 25-55 margin over runner-up Farmville Central, which was buoyed by race winner Brennan Hartman in 18:21.
SouthWest Edgecombe was third with 81, followed by North Johnston (107), Beddingfield (109) and North Pitt (115).
In the field of 51 runners, the Cougars counted the times of Trey Ayes (7th, 20:35), Slate Hinton (14th, 21:35), Jerry Lynch (15th, 21:37), Carter Sessoms (16th, 21:42) and Brandon Nines (30th, 24:05).
Beddingfield was paced by the sixth-place showing of Alex Reyes in 20:14. Following for the Bruins were Noah Mendoza (18th, 22:10), Tyler Pegram (21st, 22:27), Jamian Taylor (29th, 24:01) and Travis Batts (39th, 25:28).
North Johnston picked up a ninth-place run from Graham Walston in 20:40, with Tristan Galla (20th, 22:26), Kemari Jones (23rd, 22:47), Lane McLean (31st, 24:27) and Alex Johnson (32nd, 24:33) rounding out the scoring runners for the Panthers.
WCA 15-0 after sweep
WILMINGTON — Wilson Christian continued its unbeaten run in the penultimate volleyball match of the season with a 26-24, 25-19 triumph Friday at Wilmington Christian.
The Lady Chargers, now 15-0, can wrap up a perfect season with a win in Tuesday’s season finale against New Life Camp home school team in Raleigh.
Leading the way for Wilson Christian behind the service line Friday was Izzy Barnes with 10 points, including three aces, to go with 15 assists and a kill. Sophia Nesbit slammed down 12 kills and added two aces and two blocks. Kendall Sykes contributed seven service points, including an ace, and a kill while Gracie Farmer totaled five points, including two aces, three kills and two digs. Jennifer Edmundson came up with six digs.