East Chapel Hill used a stifling defense to turn back Northern Durham 3-1 Tuesday in the NCHSAA soccer playoffs’ third round.
Lauren Douglass put the Wildcats on the scoreboard four minutes into the match with a kick just inside the left goal. Brynn Donnelly made it 2-0 with a shot up the middle on a fast break at the 17:12 mark of the first period. Eva Killenberg finished out the scoring in the period with a header on an assist from Claudia Sollee.
Nicole Crutchfield, the PAC-6 player of the year, put the Ladies on the scoreboard with 10:29 left in the match before Northern (10-9-2) ran out of gas.
“The defense really focused not letting them settle into a routine,” East Chapel Hill coach Austin Collins said. “She (Crutchfield) is a great player and our defense did a great job on her. I’m really pleased.”
Tuesday’s game likely was the last of the year at home for East Chapel Hill (14-4-0) which had to travel Friday night to Cary Panther Creek (21-0-1), the top-ranked team in the Eastern 4A.
If East Chapel Hill won in the fourth round, it’s next game would be in Tuesday’s state semifinals either at No. 3 Wilmington Hoggard or at home against No. 15-seeded Raleigh Sanderson.
Chapel Hill at Swansboro
After ousting Cardinal Gibbons from the NCHSAA 3A girls soccer playoffs, No. 9-seeded Chapel Hill (20-1-0) was scheduled to play Saturday night at No. 5 Swansboro (19-4-0).
Heading into that fourth-round match, the Tigers were 9-1 in road games, with the only loss coming at the end of the regular season at Cardinal Gibbons.
Friday’s and Saturday’s matches were played too late for Sunday’s edition of the Chapel Hill News, which had early deadlines for the Memorial Day weekend. See www.nchsaa.org for all playoff results and pairings for future games.
Jordan knocks out ‘Cats
East Chapel Hill scored twice in the first minute of Tuesday’s NCHSAA 4A boys lacrosse quarterfinal at Wildcat Stadium, but the Falcons rallied with three goals each from Jesse Melton and Owen Perrien to pull out a 10-8 win.
That ended East Chapel Hill’s lacrosse season with the Wildcats at 16-4. Jordan (8-6) went on to lose to No. 1 seeded Apex in the NCHSAA semifinals.
Hargraves pool opens for season on May 24
The A.D. Clark Pool at the Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St., will open for the 2014 summer season at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 24.
The free outdoor swimming pool is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. The 25 meter pool offers a zero-depth entry pool, locker rooms, showers and family changing area. There is a wading pool for pre-school aged children and toddlers (swim diapers required).
Through June 8, the schedule will be: Monday: Open Swim 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday: Open Swim 3 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday: Open Swim 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Sunday: Open Swim 12:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 2: Open Swim 3 to 7:30 p.m.
The pool will be closed from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, and from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 6. For the current schedule, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/poolschedules.