Central downs Garner in soccer, back alone in first place
Harnett Central played a man down for the final 66 minutes of play, but still found a way to top Garner 2-1 in boys soccer Monday night and retake sole possession of first place in the Greater Neuse River 4A Conference with a 2-1 overtime victory.
Central exited the match 10-1-0 in league play and with a season sweep of second-place Garner (8-2-0 after Monday’s match).
Senior midfielder Andrews Banuelos scored the game-winning goal five minutes into the first overtime period, slicing a ball at the far post that caught the inside of the metal and found the back of the net.
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Garner led 1-0 18 minutes in on a Bryson White goal from a Junior Ayala assist. Central’s Jairo Bryant tied the match seven minutes later, but lost a player on a foul from behind in the penalty box with six minutes left in the first half.
East Chapel Hill eliminates Trojans
East Chapel Hill grabbed an 8-0 victory over Garner in the first round of the NCHSAA 4A dual team tennis playoffs Tuesday. The Trojans finished the season with a 11-5 record.
The Wildcats, who are ranked among the top five teams in the state, swept all six singles matches.
Corinth Holders, West Johnston bout out of playoffs
The girls tennis teams from Corinth Holders and West Johnston were both swept in the first round of the state dual playoffs on Tuesday. Corinth Holders fell to Northern Guilford 6-0 in the 3A playoffs. The Pirates finished the season with a 10-5 record.
West Johnston dropped a 9-0 decision to Wilmington New Hanover in the 4A ranks. The Wildcats were 12-5 this season.