Leesville Road, the 2011 girls’ soccer champion, took the first step in this year’s N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A tournament with a 5-1 win over Panther Creek on Tuesday.
The Pride (23-1-1) will be at home in the second round against the winner of Wednesday’s game between Apex and Durham Riverside.
Pride senior Caroline Gentry had two goals and an assist in the first half. The two scores gave her 28 on the season, one more than last year.
Her first score came just 26 seconds into the game. Sophomore Mary Kate Bowers took the ball down the right side, passed to the middle, and Gentry mis-hit one shot before scoring.
Just three minutes later Gentry took the ball to the middle and scored on an unassisted goal from about 18 yards. Panther Creek (10-8-1) then got its only goal on a long shot by Courtney Cash off a pass from Taylor Francis.
Gentry then had her assist, a strong pass to junior Rachel Radulovich, who also scored in the second half.
Freshman Jordan Mareno added the final Pride score.
“I thought this was a really tough first-round draw for both teams,” Leesville coach Paul Dinkenor said. “Panther Creek is a very good team, from a really good conference. They had good players and played hard the whole game.
“We scored five very nice goals and got off to a very good start. We came out ready to play. Our defenders, Anne Cushman, Sydney Frizelle and Nicole Park, played well. We can play better, we like shutouts. But we’re still getting better. This fun for us and we know each round is going to get tougher and tougher.”
Weaver leads Caps: Clay Weaver scored three goals to lead Broughton to a 7-0 victory over Scotland.
West Johnston falls: New Bern scored two goals within 90 seconds midway in the second half to oust West Johnston 3-2.
West led 2-1 on goals by Rachel Thomas and Becky Meshaw before New Bern’s Brittany McLawhorn and Dakotah Allen got the tying and winning goals.
“Overall, I am proud of our season and all that we accomplished,” said West Johnston coach Danielle Cloud, whose club was the top seed from the Greater Neuse 4A. “We have accomplished a great deal in the last two years.”
Ashley blanks Garner: Wilmington Ashley’s Charlotte Pearsall scored three goals in a 4-0 victory against Garner. Ashley will play either Southern Pines Pinecrest or Hope Mills South View.
Cleveland ousted: Wilson Hunt shut out Cleveland 3-0 in the first round of the 3A playoffs. Hunt (14-3-4) will play West Brunswick or West Carteret in the second round.
“The defense didn’t play well,” said Cleveland coach Steve Doyle, whose club finished 19-4. “We didn’t play our best game of the season.
David Justice contributed to this story.
David Justice contributed.