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KENLY — The visiting Southern Nash High boys soccer team dominated the second half with three goals and pullled away to a 4-2 nonconference victory against North Johnston on Wednesday.
The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference improved to 2-0 and next see action against North Buncombe in the Coaches Kick Off Classic at Wake-Med soccer park.
Trailing 1-0 against the Panthers of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference, Southern Nash forged a 1-1 halftime standoff when Adrian Flores evaded North Johnston defenders in the box and ripped an accurate shot to the bottom right of the goal.
Raul Nunez booted a pair of second-half goals and Jared Gonzalez scored off a Kevin Dominguez assist. Alexis Arroyo added an assist via a corner kick.
Scoring information was not available for North Johnston, which added a late goal.
DASH thumped by Clayton 6-0
CLAYTON — Expecting a formidable challenge, the DASH United varsity boys soccer team received just that Tuesday against Clayton in the second round of the Neuse River Futbol Alliance Cup at East Clayton Community Park.
DASH held the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference Comets scoreless for the opening 18 minutes, but a pair of first-half goals went against it before a red card produced a man disadvantage en route to a 6-0 defeat that sent Clayton into the semifinals.
“In the second half, they wore us down,” DASH head coach Steve Barry said. “We were simply outmatched with their depth and overall ability. We put up a fight, but it was just too much.”
In the 60th minute, senior Salvador Guzman was sent off for a bad tackle, leaving DASH a man down. Goalkeeper Elijah Skinner had an “outstanding match” and prevented the nine-goal mercy rule from taking effect, Barry said.
Once the red card was issued, DASH rested some of its starters and the Comets took advantage with additional goals.
“I suspect Clayton will very likely win the whole thing,” Barry said. The team is good and well coached, and they have several outstanding players.”
Ladybirds place third in opener
GOLDSBORO — Led by the nine-hole score of Elisabeth Collie, the Southern Nash High girls golf team tied for third at the Eastern Carolina Invitational, held at Goldsboro Municipal Golf Course.
Collie fired a 45 for the 3-A Big East Conference Ladybirds to pace their low three individuals. She was followed by the 55 of Taylor Hall and the 59 of Samantha Puckett to produce a team score of 159, which tied for third with Goldsboro.
Wayne County Day of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A ranks won the event with a 125, with Clayton 33 strokes back at 158.
Goldsboro and Southern Nash followed at 159 as North Johnston (160), C.B. Aycock (162), D.H. Conley (164), Rosewood (165), Wayne Christian (172) and Greenville Rose (179) rounded out the field.
Southern Nash returns to action Thursday at The Neuse Golf Club in Clayton.
Fike girls tennis downs Cleveland
CLAYTON — Winning all but two matches against Cleveland, the Fike High girls tennis team improved to 2-0 on the early season Wednesday with a 7-2 victory over the Rams.
In early singles play, the 3-A Big East Conference Lady Golden Demons captured four of the five points it needed for victory to start the contest, then carried the momentum into quick work in doubles play.
Senior captain Logan Adkins, freshman Chandler Hill, junior Cappa Hill and sophomore Mary Thomas Watkins provided leadership at each grade level as all four improved to 2-0 in singles this season with straight set victories. Cappa Hill and Chandler Hill both won against their opponents without dropping a game.
Sophia Meszaros fell to Caty Holbrook at No. 2 singles in two sets, and Meredith Murphy took her opponent, Jessica Wagstaff, deep into a third-set tiebreaker and fought admirably, eventually losing 11-9.
With an early lead in hand, Fike continued its domination in doubles play — winning all on all three courts.
The team of Adkins-Chandler Hill swept through their opponents, 8-0, on the first court, while Meszaros-Cappa Hill had no trouble on the second court. The third duo of Watkins-Murphy also won handily with an 8-2 victory.
“Today was a solid effort from the girls,” Fike head coach Lee Matthews said. “Meredith stepped into the lineup at six, and though not winning, extended the match to a third set. The revamped doubles played well, only dropping four games.”
After beating one Johnston County team, Fike will stay in the conference on Monday when it travels over to Clayton for another nonconference match.
Cleveland of the 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference evened its record at 1-1.
FIKE 7, CLEVELAND 2
Logan Adkins (F) def. Kadence Davis 6-3, 6-1; Caty Holbrook (Cl) d. Sophia Meszaros 6-1, 6-2; Chandler Hill (F) d. Addison Martin 6-0, 6-0; Cappa Hill (F) d. Emily Monk 6-0, 6-0; Mary Thomas Watkins (F) d. Holly Penry 6-1, 6-1; Jessica Wagstaff (Cl) d. Meredith Murphy 6-4, 2-6, 11-9.
Adkins–Chandler Hill (F) def. Davis–Monk 8-0; Meszaros– Cappa Hill (F) def. Martin – Penry 8-2; Watkins–Murphy (F) def. Wagstaff–Lora Dillon 8-2.
Lady Bruins rally by Greene Central
The Beddingfield High volleyball team served into its season with a 27-25, 11-25, 25-22 conquest of visiting Greene Central on Tuesday.
The Lady Bruins rebounded for a poor second set to pull out the victory.
Beddingfield is the guest of Southern Nash on Thursday.