Top-seeded Clayton rolled into the second round of the 4A girls soccer playoffs with a 6-0 decision over Harnett Central Tuesday night. The Comets and Trojans are Greater Neuse River 4A Conference rivals.
Clayton senior Lauren Daniels had a hat trick (three goals) and an assist as the Comets improved to 21-1 on the season. Katy Dziepak, Holland Mills and Janelle Reid scored goals for Clayton. Everette Biggs had two assists.
The Comet defense was solid with goalie Logan Hagg only having to make one save to get the shutout.
Corinth Holders blanks Topsail: Corinth Holders shutout Hampstead Topsail 6-0 in its 3A girls soccer playoff opener. Carolina Solis led the Pirates (18-3-1) with two goals and two assists.
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Lindy Morgan, Grace Farmer, Summer Maxwell and Rosemarie Fitzpatrick also scored goals. Samantha Iorio, Lexie Chase, Farmer and Maxwell picked up one assist each.
Rachel Witkin made six saves to get the shutout in goal.
West Carteret gets by Cleveland: West Carteret rolled by Cleveand 7-1 in the 3A girls soccer playoffs. The Rams finished the season 8-10-1.
Sophomore Anna Ford had Cleveland’s only goal on an assist sfrom Kendall Lamm.
Bree Mason and Kelsey Russell scored twice each for West Carteret.
Cleveland losses five of its 19 players to graduation: Briele Cochran, Sarah Ginn, Stefanie Pedrozo, Monica Willis and Hannah Evans.
Neuse Charter survives in 1A soccer: Neuse Charter outlasted Oxford Prep 3-2 in overtime to advance to the second round of the NCSHAA 1A girls soccer playoffs on Tuesday afternoon. The Cougars picked up two goals from Kayla Ham and one from Kindra Webb in the victory.
Neuse Charter (5-14-1 overall) jumped out to a 2-0 first-half lead but Oxford Prep’s Yazmin Ramirez scored twice in the second half to force overtime.
Tough night for 4A baseball squads: Clayton, Garner and West Johnston all fell in the opening round of the 4A baseball playoffs on Tuesday night.
Holly Springs downed Clayton 10-0 as Ethan Miles and Jake Isbell had two hits each. Isbell held the Comets to two hits in four innings of work, while Matt Lusuriello worked two innings of hitless relief in a six-inning game.
The Comets finished the season 15-9.
Green Hope topped Garner 8-1. The Trojans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning on a Jack Elliott RBI, but the Falcons responded with seven runs in the next two innings.
The Trojans finished the season at 12-13 and lose five seniors to graduation: Trevor Blalock, Jack Elliott, Cody Jones, J.D. Kennovin and Colin Pippin.
Top-seeded Rams move on: Cleveland made a three-run inning stand up over all seven frames and downed Western Alamance 3-1 in the opening round of the 3A baseball playoffs on Tuesday night.
Senior left-hander Ryan Flores got the complete-game win, striking out six without a walk. He gave up one earned run and five hits.
Cleveland put together its offense in the bottom of the fourth when an RBI single by Dylan Lee and a two-run single by Flores.
Tyler Keenan went 2-for-2 with a walk in the win for the Rams, who are the No. 1 seed in the eastern regional and stand 22-3 entering the second round.
Pirates edge Northern Nash: Corinth Holders stopped Northern Nash 1-0 in the opening round of the 3A baseball playoffs. The game’s only run came in the fourth inning.
Pirate batters drew five walks against Knight pitchers on the night. The Corinth Holders’ pitching staff held Northern to four hits.
Two Rivers entries advance to state championships: Cleveland’s Dylan Betancourt and the Corinth Holders’ doubles duo of Grayson Adams and Brady Best advanced to the NCHSAA 3A state individual championships with their performances in the regionals last week.
Betancourt, the Two Rivers 3A singles champ, will make his second straight appearance in the singles state finals.
Best and Adams were Two Rivers 3A doubles champs and are in the state finals in their first year of playing tennis.
Fike eliminates Cleveland: Wilson Fike downed Cleveland 5-1 Tuesday in the second round of the NCHSAA 3A dual boys tennis playoffs. Betancourt had the Rams’ only win of the match, turning back Shivraj Sandhu, 6-3, 6-2, at No. 1 singles.
Cleveland finished the season with a 12-5 dual record.
Cleveland rolls Byrd in softball: Cleveland drilled Fayetteville Douglas Byrd 15-0 in the first round of the 3A softball playoffs Tuesday night. The Rams (16-6) blew the game open with a 10-run third inning.
The Rams moved into a second round game at West Carteret with the win.