Green Hope remained in its hunt for its third consecutive N.C. High School Athletic Association championship Saturday night with a 5-0 victory over Southwest Wake Athletic Association rival Fuquay-Varina.
The game was never seriously in doubt as Green Hope (20-2-1) registered its eighth shutout of the season. The Falcons had defeated Fuquay 3-1 and 2-1 in regular season games.
Millbrook 3, Clayton 1: Millbrook scored two goals in the second half to earn a second-round game against Green Hope. The Wildcats’ Daniel Cobo scored in the first half and Robby Lainge and Bradley Garrett added second half goals.
Brandon Sainz scored for Clayton.
“We want to make them play wide and use the width of the field,” said Millbrook coach Matt Edwards. “In the second half, we made them do that.”
Sanderson 4, Wilmington Hoggard 1: Ryan Turner scored two goals and Miguel Mora-Ramirez nand Michael Borrell scored one each as Sanderson (20-6-1) knocked off Wilmington Hoggard 4-1. The Spartans led Hoggard 3-0 at the half.
Sanderson will play at Southern Pines Pinecrest (19-1-2) in the third round.
Laney 6, Garner 2: Wilmington Laney Brian Pinder and Tyler Gioielli each netted two goals to lead the Buccaneers past Garner (17-5-1). The Buccaneers (16-4-2) scored on three of their five shots in the first half and and needed just five more shots in the second half to clinch the victory.
“When they think back about the season, this game will fade,” said Garner coach Jon Sherwin about his players. " We had a lot of success this season and there were a lot of times with our backs up against the wall and we came through; this wasn’t one of those times."
Junior Ayala and Zach Hancock scored goals for Garner in the game's final minutes.
Chapel Hill 5, Pittsboro Northwood 0: The Tigers never were seriously threatened against Big Eight 3A mate Northwood. Chapel Hill (23-1-1) will play South Brunswick, a 2-1 sudden death winner over Southern Lee in the third round. Chapel Hill is the only area 3A team left in the playoffs.
Fayetteville Sanford 7, Cleveland 0: Terry Sanford (22-1-1) showed why it is ranked among the best 3A teams in the state as it raced past the Rams (9-10-2). Terry Sanford will play Jacksonville White Oak (14-9-1), which stopped Southern Wayne 2-1 in sudden death overtime.
Wilson Hunt 2, Corinth Holders 1 (OT): Hunt (15-6-1) scored with 86 seconds left in sudden death overtime to eliminate Corinth Holders (16-5-1).
Jacksonville 4, Cardinal Gibbons 2: Jacksonville (17-4-1) eliminated Cardinal Gibbons (16-7-1) in 3A play. Jacksonville will play Southern Nash.
Southern Nash 2, Smithfield-Selma 1: Southern Nash (18-5) got a late goal from Moises Gonzales to stop SSS (14-5-3). SSS’s Daniel Avila had tied the game with 23 minutes left in the first half.
Smithfield-Selma coach Renato Freitas said the loss was frustrating because his team played well, but he was pleased with the season, which resulted in the Spartans’ first soccer playoff win.
“We had a feeling this was going to be our year,” Freitas said.
Science & Math 4, Croatan 2: Durham N.C. Science & Math went to overtime before moving past Croatan in 2A. The Unicorns will play East Duplin, a 3-1 winner over Southwest Onslow.
Franklin Academy 6, Louisburg 2: Franklinton Academy (17-7) cruised past Louisburg (7-10) in 1A.
D. Clay Best, Michael Held contributed to this report.