RALEIGH — No Triangle teams made it to the final round of the Ravenscroft Soccer Invitational Saturday, as Wesleyan Academy defeated Fayetteville Academy, 4-0, in the championship game.
Host Ravenscroft was the top area team with a fourth place finish after falling to Providence Day, 2-1, in the third place game.
Ravenscroft coach Alix Charles said he hopes to play the top teams again this year when the school hosts the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state tournament in October.
“Overall we did well,” Charles said. “We’ll bounce back and I hope we learn from the two losses and we’ll win the games when they matter.”
The Ravens won a first-round game against Grace Christian, but then lost to Fayetteville Academy. Both of those games were played on Friday after storms halted action on the invitational’s first day.
The tournament started on schedule Thursday with Cardinal Gibbons and Providence Day going into overtime in a scoreless tie. About five minutes into the second overtime, the game was called due to the weather.
The tournament was moved to WRAL Soccer Park Friday as Ravenscroft’s fields were not fit for play. When play resumed, Providence Day scored in the final seconds of the second overtime to top Cardinal Gibbons.
In a condensed schedule, games were shortened to 30-minute halves and teams played two games on Friday to make up for Thursday’s cancellations.
“The quality of teams here makes it an intense tournament, but shortening it makes it even tougher,” Charles said.
The eight-team tournament featured last year’s invitational winner and N.C. High School Athletic Association 3A champion Cardinal Gibbons, 2011 N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state champion Wesleyan Christian, NCISAA 2A champion Fayetteville Academy and 2011 NCISAA 1A runner-up Grace Christian.
North Raleigh Christian beat Grace Christian, 2-1, Saturday in the seventh place game.
“We started out a little slow, but these guys got better every game,” said North Raleigh coach Ed Pinon. “It’s always tough to play back-to-back-to-back, but we hadn’t won a game in the last couple weeks, so it was good to get a win.”
Cardinal Gibbons, fielding a much different team that in 2011, couldn’t get a win over the weekend, falling to Charlotte Latin, 4-1, for the sixth place spot.
Cardinal Gibbons coach Tim Healy said his team’s inexperience coupled with injuries and players unable to attend due to ACT testing was too much to overcome.
“We’re constantly building as we go into conference and hopefully we’ll be ready by the time playoffs roll around,” he said. “That’s the goal.
The last time Wesleyan won the Ravenscroft Invitational was 1998.