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North Johnston was the only boys soccer team in The Wilson Times readership area to advance into the third round of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association playoffs as the Panthers won 3-0 at Greene Central in the 2-A bracket Tuesday.
North Johnston, the East No. 9 seed and No. 1 from the Eastern Plains Conference, will move into the third round at First Flight in Kill Devil Hills on Thursday. The No. 1-seeded Nighthawks downed East Montgomery 4-0 on Tuesday.
The Panthers (13-7-1) got goals from Ty Narron, Andrew Stancil and Graham Walston while goalkeeper Jonie Moreno blanked the No. 8 Rams (17-5), co-champions of the Eastern Carolina Conference. Greene Central had won 13 in a row.
It was the eighth straight win for North Johnston and its fifth shutout overall.
In other results, Beddingfield lost 5-1 at Clinton and C.B. Aycock fell 3-0 at New Hanover, with all three goals coming after halftime.
In losing to No. 2-seeded Clinton, the Bruins, No 2. from the Eastern Plains Conference and the No. 18 seed, exited with a 12-5-2 record. Beddingfield opened with a 1-0 victory last Saturday at No. 16 Washington.
CBA, the No. 16 seed, wound up with a 12-8-2 record as the No. 2 3-A representative from the Eastern Carolina Conference. New Hanover, the No. 1 East Region seed, improved to 14-3-2.