AREA ROUNDUP: WCA boots Berean Baptist 8-1

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Junior Gabe Barnes and Will Hoskins each had two goals Friday night to lead the Wilson Christian varsity boys soccer team to their first North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A East Region victory with an 8-1 win over Fayetteville Berean Baptist Academy.

Barnes scored twice and added two assists for the Chargers (3-4-2, 1-1 region), finding senior Zach Hunter for the game’s first goal in the sixth and another to Hoskins in the 58th.

Barnes notched his first goal in the 13th on an unassisted tally and, with WCA holding a 4-1 lead at the half, putting away an assist from senior Jackson Hoskins in the 43rd.

In the 18th, sophomore Ethan Mitchell scored unassisted for a 3-0 WCA cushion. Berean tallied its lone goal in the 20th before Hoskins put away a finish from senior Brice Murray in the 29th.

Sophomore Elliot Resendiz tacked on the game’s final goal from a Hunter assist in the 78th.

“Honestly, we were really pleased,” Wilson Christian head coach Don Samson said. “We came off a tough loss where we felt like we gave the game away, but the competition tonight was just as tough, if not tougher. We never gave them a chance to get into the game.

In goal, junior Harrison Parker had three saves. Samson credited the play of freshman Alex Torres defensively at center back.

Short-handed Greenfield falls 5-2

RALEIGH — Down five players due to injury, the Greenfield School varsity boys soccer team battled 4-A Charlotte Christian to a 2-2 standoff before conceding three goals in the final 10 minutes en route to a 5-2 loss at the Ravenscroft Invitational.

Greenfield, a 1-A member of the split 1-A/2-A Coastal Plain Independents Conference, fell to 6-4-2. Charlotte Christian, affiliated with the 4-A Charlotte Independent Schools Athletic Association, improved to 3-4-1.

In a battle of Knight mascots, Greenfield fell down by a pair of goals in the first half before senior Jackson Stone pulled one back before the half. Sophomore Sebastian Partida played a through ball to eighth grader Matt Kirby, who beat a pair of defenders and passed it Stone.

Stone beat his own defender and shot it, only to have it saved by the Charlotte Christian keeper. However, Stone followed it up and tapped it in to put Greenfield on the board.

Stone added a penalty kick conversion to level it at 2 before Charlotte Christian’s final three-goal flurry.

“Very hard fought from our guys. I’m so proud of their play today. We stayed organized throughout the match and put in a huge effort to fight back. Unfortunately we were gassed the final 10 minutes and that proved to be the difference.”

Firebirds mercy rule Cougars 9-0

PINETOPS — Ezekiel Gonzalez notched a hat trick (three goals) and an assist to kick the visiting Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team to a 9-0 triumph against SouthWest Edgecombe of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference on Thursday.

The Firebirds of the 3-A Big East Conference upped their record to 2-4-2. Southern Nash continues nonconference play at 4-A Corinth Holders on Monday at 5 p.m.

Against SouthWest, Gonzalez benefited from plenty of help. Carlos Garcia knocked in a goal and was credited with two assists. Jhonny Mendoza collected two goals.

Delivering a goal and an assist each were Adrian Flores, Raul Nunez and Ramiro Rangel. David Vazquez had an assist.

In goal, Alonso Villareal posted the shutout with seven saves.


Lady Chargers reach 8-0 with win

McKenna Griffin and Tori Linkous each had 11 kills to lead the Wilson Christian varsity volleyball team to a 25-22, 25-13, 23-25, 25-23 over Fayeteville Berean Baptist Academy on Friday.

Wilson Christian of the North Carolina Christian School Association 2-A ranks remained unbeaten through eight matches.

Ashley Hartsfield had 29 assists to help run the offense and tallied five digs. Griffin had seven digs.

Lydia Renfrow finished the match with an ace.

“We struggled a little bit to find our rhythm all night along, and they were a very talented team,” Wilson Christian head coach Ryan Vanderboegh said. “It was just like we couldn’t get that wheel spinning, but we got the hustle plays at the end.”

Hunt takes thriller from Princeton

After squandering a 2-0 advantage in sets, the Hunt High varsity volleyball team pulled out a 16-14 thriller in the fifth set to fight past Princeton of the 1-A Carolina Conference by a 25-12, 25-20, 18-25, 15-25, 16-14 margin on Thursday.

The Lady Warriors of the 3-A Big East Conference upped their record to 4-5 and continue nonconference play against 3-A Charles B. Aycock at home Monday.

Meghan Martinez sparked Hunt with 17 kills and 26 digs. Brianna Moore notched 37 assists and served for four aces.. Greysen Evans was busy with four aces, 12 service points and eight kills.

Hunt got 10 kills from Michaela Evans, 10 kills and three blocks from Jessica Waddell and 21 digs from Allyson Matthews.


WCA tops Berean Baptist in 3 sets

The Wilson Christian volleyball team split the first two sets Friday afternoon before hanging on for a 25-10, 20-25, 25-23 victory over Fayetteville Berean Baptist Academy.

Peyton Norville and Paige Barnes each had six kills for the Lady Chargers, who moved to 4-3 overall. Kendall Sykes led Wilson Chrisian with 20 service points and added five kills. From the service line, Sykes had six aces.

Chloe Willard tallied eight assists and 10 service points, while Jennifer Edmondson has 10 digs. Ellyn Watson finished with six assists and four kills. Barnes had 14 service points.

WCA is at Fuquay-Varina Hilltop Christian on Tuesday.