AREA ROUNDUP: Fike gets draw with Raleigh Charter at Kick-Off Classic

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CARY — Thanks to a 60th-minute goal by Kevin Mendoza, the Fike High varsity boys soccer team remained unbeaten with a 1-1 draw against Raleigh Charter on Saturday afternoon at the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Kick-Off Classic at WakeMed Soccer Complex.

The 3-A Big East Conference Golden Demons trailed 1-0 when Mendoza took a cross from teammate Jarrett Smith, settled the ball and pushed it into the right side of the goal.

The 1-A Central Tar Heel Conference Phoenix, who reached the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 1-A semifinals last season, exited 1-1-1.

“Quality effort from our players to compete against a team coming off a final four run in their classification,” Demons head coach Chris Mizelle said. “We did well in spurts and managed to create some attacking chances.”

Fike will host Greenville Rose on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Hunt goes 0-2 at Kick-Off Classic

CARY — Victory continued to elude the Hunt varsity boys soccer team as the Warriors lost a pair of matches over the weekend at the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Kick-Off Classic at WakeMed Soccer Complex.

The 3-A Big East Conference Warriors, now 0-3-2, dropped a 6-4 decision to North Moore on Friday and fell 3-1 to Hillsborough Cedar Ridge on Saturday.

Daniel Mondragon notched a pair of goals for Hunt against North Moore, while Carlos Chavez and Landon Gesell each scored one. Angel Valdovinos had an assist.

North Moore of the 1-A Yadkin Valley Conference departed 3-0.

Mondragon connected on a penalty kick for the Warriors’ lone goal in Saturday’s loss to the 3-A Big Eight Conference Fighting Red Wolves, who improved to 1-3-1.

Hunt is back in action Tuesday at C.B. Aycock for a nonconference matchup.

DASH wins 3 in Wilmington

WILMINGTON — After two losses to start the season, the DASH homeschool varsity boys soccer team won three matches and tied another over the weekend at the Tidal Wave tournament, hosted by Wilmington Christian for the 25th year.

All games were shortened to 60 minutes in the tournament with the three participating teams facing each other twice.

The United defeated the Wilmington Cardinals homeschool team 2-1 in the first game Friday. Salvador Guzman scored 50 seconds into the match and, in the second, sent a kick to Eric Barry, who sent the ball to Rene Salas for the winning goal.

Immediately after that match, the United took the field against Wilmington Christian. Guzman bent a shot into the net about 15 minutes into the second half for the game’s only goal.

The rematch against the Patriots came Saturday morning with Guzman and Barry each scoring goals in DASH’s 2-0 victory. Barry assisted Guzman on the first goal and Guzman returned the favor for the second.

In the finale against the Wilmington Homeschool, the United trailed 1-0 in the second half when Barry stole the ball around midfield, dribbled through several Cardinals defenders and stuck the ball in the net. The match ended in a 1-1 draw.

Barry was named tournament MVP and was voted to the all-tournament team along with DASH teammates Jordan Bailey, Joe Rasmussen and Guzman.

“We lost seven starters off of last year’s squad,” said DASH head coach Steve Barry. “We look like the ‘Bad News Bears’ at times, with players from several schools and wide variability in talent and skill, but the Lord wanted this team to be together for a reason and we are just following where He leads us.”

Steve Barry praised the play of goalkeeper Elijah Skinner as well as Simon Eckenwiler and Quinten Thayer.

Firebirds rip Bunn 9-0 for 1st win

STANHOPE — David Vazquez scored on a pass from Carlos Garcia in the first 30 seconds of the match and the Southern Nash varsity boys soccer team coasted to its first win of the season with a 9-0 romp against visiting Bunn on Thursday.

Garcia finished with three assists and scored a pair of goals while Adolfo Gonzalez also notched a pair of goals. Also scoring for the Firebirds (1-1-1) were Ezekiel Gonzalez, Johnny Mendoza, Tristan Rocco and Brian Cuevas while Jadon Shearin and Mendoza provided assists.

Goalkeeper Ben Emig stopped a penalty kick by Bunn (1-1) in the first half.

The Firebirds play at Nash Central on Monday.


Reed, Forbes pace Hunt at NCWC Invite

ROCKY MOUNT — Hunt High senior Isabel Reed and junior Chelear Forbes each placed third in their respective races Saturday at the North Carolina Wesleyan College High School Invitational cross-country race.

Reed was the top girls finisher from a North Carolina high school, completing the 5-kilometer course in 23 minutes flat. Ahead of her were two runners from Virginia high schools, winner Jacqueline Clardy-Jos of New Kent, who posted a time of 21:48, and runner-up Brooke Wilson of Smithfield, who finished in 22:19.

The Lady Warriors were second in the team standings with 50 points, behind Smithfield with 26. Hunt’s 3-A Big East Conference rivals Franklinton (74) and Southern Nash (92) were third and fourth, respectively.

Among the other scorers for the Lady Warriors in the 35-runner field were Rebekah Pierce (13th, 25:39) and Emma Fatzaun (14th, 26:03).

Freshman Jadiza Jimenez placed fourth in 23:56 to lead Southern Nash.

Forbes completed his run in 18:17, behind two runners from Smithfield High (Virginia) — winner Johnny Babyak in 17:35 and runner-up Jon Hamilton in 17:57 — out of 63 runners.

Forbes helped the Warriors finish fourth overall with 92 points in the seven-team field. The second Hunt runner across the line was Collin Matthews (17th, 20:44) while Alex Evans (19th, 20:50) was in third for the Warriors.

Junior Shamir Small was seventh overall in 18:39 to pace Southern Nash while the Firebirds got a 15th-place showing from Hunter Issette in 20:20.

Daniels leads Cycs in home meet

Caleb Daniels placed ninth out of 72 runners to help Community Christian to a fifth-place finish out of 10 teams at the Cyclones’ home cross-country meet Thursday.

Daniels finished the 5-kilometer course in 21 minutes, 49 seconds while teammate Thomas Lane was 19th overall in 24:01.

Rocky Mount Academy won the team event by a point over St. Thomas More of Raleigh, which had the top-two finishers — winner Noah Wollersheid in 18:38 and Brandon Miller in 19:50. RMA’s Henry Forrester was third in 20:52.

In the girls race, CCS was led by Olivia Walker, who was 18th out of 40 runners in 31:25. The Lady Cyclones, who placed seventh out of 10 teams, also got a 25th-place finish from Kaitlyn Manning in 33:43.

St. Thomas More had the first four finishers — including winner Lucy Ketterer in 22:38 — and six of the top seven to easily win the girls team event.


Chargers shut out Greenfield, 4-0

The Wilson Christian Academy boys soccer team kicked off its season with a 4-0 triumph against host city rival Greenfield on Friday evening.

Chase Gurgone opened the Chargers’ scoring. Simon Quinn knocked in the second and fourth goals, and each was assisted by Peyton Holland. Tay Davis netted the third goal.

In goal, Davis recorded one save in the opening half and Josh Vanderpool was not tested in the second half.

The Chargers travel to Winterville to oppose Christ Covenant on Monday.

Hunt tops Hertford 34-14 in opener

With 22 second-half points, Hunt broke open what had been a close game in the first half to win its football season opener 34-14 over visiting Hertford County on Thursday.

The 3-A Big East Conference Warriors only led 12-6 at halftime because of some missed opportunities due to turnovers, said first-year head coach Ben Ellis. Hunt rode the play of quarterback A.J. Kovach and running back C.J. Joyner in the second half. Kovach fired four touchdown passes, two to Stephon Jenkins, as part of his 190-yard passing night. Jenkins totaled 105 receiving yards while Tychaun Clay had 65 yards in catches, including a TD. Shyreke Bullock caught a 15-yard touchdown pass.

Joyner ran for more than 100 yards and his 7-yard jaunt to the end zone finished the scoring for the Warriors.

Aundrey Loftin picked off a Hertford County pass.

The Warriors hit the road Thursday to play at J.H. Rose in Greenville.