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RALEIGH — William Smith’s goal in the 66th minute lifted the Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team to a 1-0 triumph against host Friendship Christian in the 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference opener for both teams Friday.
The fourth consecutive win vaulted the Knights of first-year head coach Eric Nguyen to 6-2-2. Friendship is a conference newcomer.
The goal-scoring play originated on a free kick into a Friendship wall. Greenfield’s Jackson Stone regained control of the ball, dribbled past three defenders and fired a cross to Smith, who tapped the ball into the net.
The opening 20 minutes were back and forth, before the Knights gained control the next 20. Greenfield couldn’t finish a handful of chances with Sebastian Partida drilling a shot from 25 yards out off the crossbar; Stone following with an attempt just over the bar; and Nick Sessoms striking a shot just wide of the post.
Nguyen commended the defensive work of goalkeeper Luke Flaherty, Bryson Wall, Patrick Smith, Will Powell and Cabell Metts in posting the road shutout.
Fike bounces back, trims E. Wayne
The Fike High varsity boys soccer team’s second venture of the week against a 3-A member of the 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference proved more successful on Thursday.
The host Golden Demons rallied to a 3-2 victory against Eastern Wayne. Fike bounced back from its first loss, which was administered by 3-A ECC member Greenville Rose earlier in the week.
With a 4-1-1 record, the Demons of the 3-A Big East Conference visit 3-A Clayton next Thursday.
Trailing 2-1, Fike drew even in the 52nd minute. Colby Smith fielded a diagonal pass and played a low cross to the near post — where Ernest Laureano finished with one touch.
The Demons’ go-ahead goal came with some four minutes remaining. Laureano played the ball in from the left side. Senior Myles Cyrus settled it at the top of the box and cranked a shot into the lower left corner.
Fike managed a 1-0 halftime lead when, in the sixth minute, Cyrus’ long throw-in was deflected out by the Warriors’ goalkeeper. The Demons’ Kevin Mendoza was on the spot to lob the rebound over the keeper’s head.
Eastern Wayne forged a 2-1 lead with a goal in each of the 43rd and 49th minutes.
DASH deadlocks Cary Christian
CLAYTON — In one of its sternest tests of the season, the DASH United varsity boys soccer team battled Cary Christian, a North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A power, to a 1-1 tie on Thursday.
Both goals were scored in the opening half as United emerged with a 4-2-2 record.
DASH struck first on a free-kick goal from 22 yards out by Salvador Guzman.
Cary Christian countered with the equalizer approximately 10 minutes later.
United continues to test the NCISAA 2-A ranks at Wake Christian Academy on Friday.
Greenfield stopped in CPIC opener
The Greenfield School varsity volleyball team served into 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference competition with a 25-20, 25-8, 25-23 loss to Friendship Christian of Raleigh on Friday.
Earlier in the week, the Lady Knights lost 25-18, 19-25, 25-19, 25-21 to Faith Christian. Greenfield’s last win was by a 26-24, 17-25, 25-21, 25-17 margin to Ridgecroft Academy of Ahoskie last week.
Sparking Greenfield against Friendship were Caroline Stone with 10 service points, Sumer Hassan with 25 digs and Kaelyn Wall with 20 digs.
Against Faith Christian, the Lady Knights got 35 digs, four kills and four service points from Hassan. Mary Margaret Coats contributed 10 assists and five service points.
Wall responded with a monster performance of 25 kills, eight blocks and six aces against Ridgecroft. Stone complemented with eight aces and 16 service points.
Wilson Christian stops WPA in three
Wilson Christian Academy and Wilson Preparatory Academy tangled for the first time Friday in the sport of varsity volleyball and the visiting Lady Chargers remained undefeated with a 25-7, 25-14, 25-7 victory.
Wilson Christian possesses a 5-0 record heading into Tuesday’s North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region opener at 6:30 p.m. against homestanding Raleigh Christian.
The Lady Chargers served for 32 aces against the Lady Tigers, with sophomore Tori Linkous and senior Reagan Lamm drilling 10 each. Linkous added three kills, while Lamm had two digs and two assists.
Senior McKenna Griffin managed nine kills, while senior Christy Jones notched five kills, three aces and two digs. Junior Ashley Hartsfield paced WCA with 18 assists.
Fike splits with Hawks, Jaguars
The Fike High varsity volleball team split a pair of nonconference games with 2-A opponents Farmville Central and North Lenoir this week.
On Thursday, the Lady Golden Demons recovered from a first-set loss to defeat visiting Farmville Central in four sets, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-22. That followed a three-set loss on the road at North Lenoir, where the Hawks claimed a 25-17, 25-21, 25-21 victory.
Fike (4-3) of the 3-A Big East Conference recovered from a slow start against the Lady Jaguars with aggressive digging.
Junior libero Anna Black had 15 digs, with senior Reece Nelson adding 12. Nelson tallied three kills and led the way with 25 service pointes. Senior middle blocker Ashleigh Sage tallied a team-high eight kills and had 16 service points.
Taylor Boykin, a junior, finished with 13 service points and six kills.
“Total team effort with everyone contributing in some way,” Fike head coach Brent Secrest observed.
Versus North Lenoir, Sage had six kills. Sophomore Kendall Harris added three kills. However, the Lady Demons were hampered with serve-receive, producing 24 miscues in that department.
Junior Keyley Shackleford had 12 service points, with classmate E.J. Secrest getting 11. Sage was responsible for 10 points off her serve.
The Lady Demons are back in action Wednesday at Charles B. Aycock.
Lady Warriors sweep past North Johnston
The host Hunt High varsity volleyball team bounced back from a four-set loss earlier in the week to deal North Johnston of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference a 25-11, 25-19, 25-17 defeat on Thursday.
The Lady Warriors were coming off a 25-12, 17-25, 25-12, 25-14 loss to Corinth Holders on Tuesday.
With a 2-5 record, Hunt of the 3-A Big East Conference visits North Johnston on Tuesday.
Leading Hunt’s win were Greysen Evans with 20 service points, four aces and eight kills; Meghan Martinez with 19 kills, Brianna Moore with 33 assists and Brittany Glover with 10 digs.
Top Lady Warriors performers against Corinth Holders were Jessica Waddell with five aces and six kills, Moore with three aces, 13 service points and 21 assists; and Martinez with nine kills and 10 digs.
Community Christian drops league test
The Community Christian School varsity volleyball team was turned back 25-12, 25-19, 25-9 in an 1-A/2-A Coastal Independents Conference encounter Thursday by Kerr-Vance Academy.
Leading the Lady Cyclones were Bobbiann Lee with six service points, Kayla Farmer with six assists and Lauren Pate with six kills and two aces.
Lady Knights fall in league opener
The Greenfield School volleyball team has gone down to defeat in each of its last three matches.
The Lady Knights served into 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference play Friday with a 25-14, 20-25, 25-15 loss to Friendship Christian of Raleigh.
Earlier in the week, Greenfield dropped a 25-13, 25-10 decision to Faith Christian and, last week, suffered a 25-15, 25-6 outcome against Ridgecroft School.