New Bern High is an unlikely opponent for undefeated Green Hope in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 4A girls soccer Eastern regional Tuesday.
New Bern is 14-6-1 overall and advanced to the playoffs as the third seed from the Mideastern Conference.
Coach Tim Guter’s Bears beat Knightdale in the opening round 4-0 and took 1-0 wins over Wilmington Hoggard, Southern Pines Pinecrest and New Hanover to run their winning streak to seven games. New Bern is No. 15 in the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4A rankings.
Green Hope (26-0-0) is ranked No. 1 in the nation and the state. The Falcons beat Durham Riverside 6-0 and Sanderson 6-1 before taking a 4-3 overtime win over Millbrook, which is No. 3 in the North Carolina rankings, and a 3-2 win over Leesville Road, which is No. 9 in the rankings.
Cornelius Hough (20-2) which defeated Green Hope in last year’s championship, avenged two regular-season losses to Lake Norman with a 2-1 playoff victory. Hough plays Charlotte Myers Park (18-1-1) in the western finals.
3A soccer: Cardinal Gibbons (20-2-1) is at home against Jacksonville White Oak (19-4-1) in the 3A semifinals. White Oak advanced the Eastern finals with a 4-3 shoot out victory over Jacksonville.
Gibbons, which is No. 1 in 3A, lost to Green Hope 2-1 in a regular-season non-conference game.
Winning streaks: Richmond County has won 26 consecutive baseball games while Garner has won 22 straight. They play tonight in Richmond in state 4A quarterfinals.
Guskiewicz speaks: Dr. Kevin Guskiewicz, one of the nation’s leading authorities on concussions, will be among the speakers at the 20th annual Dameron Lectureship in Orthopaedics on Friday at N.C. State’s McKimmon Center.
The half-day series of lectures includes presentations on diagnosis and care of head injuries, severe orthopaedics and other medical injuries.
Dr. John Wooten and Dr. Timothy Garner of Raleigh Neurology and Garner High athletic trainer Mike Guerrero also are among the speakers.
North Raleigh basketball: Paige Woodard is the new girls basketball coach at North Raleigh Christian Academy. Woodard is a 2007 graduate of NRCA and played at Converse College before transferring to N.C. State and competing in track and cross country. She succeeds Steve Lykins as head coach.
Lacrosse leader: East Chapel Hill’s Sydney Holman set the state single-season girls lacrosse scoring record in Saturday’s 15-13 state championship victory over Charlotte Catholic and is the No. 2 scorer in the nation this season.
Holman had 128 goals this season and 172 points. Both marks were No. 2 in the country, according to maxpreps.com.
Emma Dudley of Berkeley, Calif., leads the nation with 134 goals while Corinne Wessels of Manassas (Va.) Oxbourn Park is tops with 219 points.
Junior Amy Collins of Waxhaw Marvin Ridge, a Bucknell commitment, is third with 124 goals and fourth with 164 points. Collins has 277 career goals and 364 career points. She is a member of the U.S. U19 World Cup squad.
1A/2A track: Taylor Scott of Word of God won the 100 and 200-meter runs and helped the Rams’ 4x100 relay win Saturday in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association championships at Cary Academy.
Cary Christian’s Julie Thompson won the girls shot put and discus and Durham Cresset’s Shawn Lipscomb won the long jump..
Wakefield basketball: Wakefield needs one girls basketball team to complete a holiday doubleheader on Dec. 30 and 31. Contact Dexter Cooley at (919-562-3611).