Gingerich Helps Vikes Get Past Lee in Soccer
If it's anything like Wednesday's game between the teams in Sanford it will be a dandy.
A second-half goal by senior Todd Gingerich was the difference in the Vikings' 2-1 victory.
With about 18 minutes left in a 1-1 contest, junior Dalton Hadlock delivered a diagonal over-the-top ball that Gingerich ran on to and powered high into the net.
The Vikings, now 2-0, took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. Sophomore Va Cha dribbled the ball almost to the end line on the right before sending a cross into the penalty box that was finished by Hadlock.
A few minutes before halftime, junior defender Drew Klalo helped maintain the 1-0 advantage by kicking away a Jacket shot that was about to enter an open Viking goal. The Jackets went on to tie the match with an early second-half score.
Shortly after the equalizer by the home team, Hadlock was taken down in the Jacket penalty box, but the penalty kick was missed, leading up to the game-winner by Gingerich. The Vikings had a 12-10 edge in shots, and junior goalkeeper Travis Frazier was credited with four saves.
In the preliminary contest, the Union Pines junior varsity team opened the season with a 2-0 win over the Jackets. David Cha and Stephen Golden scored the goals. Jeremiah Mangrum and Wayne Lindsey contributed assists.
The Vikings play their home opener against Jack Britt on Tuesday, beginning with the jayvee contest at 5:30 p.m.
Falcon Netters Rally
The O'Neal volleyball team had to dig deep for a 15-25, 25-20, 25-13, 21-25, 15-6 home victory over Fayetteville Academy Wednesday evening.
The Falcons evened their record at 1-1 by prevailing in the tiebreaker game. They open Triad Athletic Conference play with a 5:15 p.m. match at Westchester Country Day in High Point this afternoon.
"The girls deserved the win," O'Neal coach Brandy Diveley said. "They fought hard and never gave up."
Cate Dahl led the Falcons in serves with 22. Kenleigh Cameron put together a strong all-around game that included 14 service points and seven kills. Melody Miller served for 11 points and Leah Kelly was the kill leader with 10.
Mustangs Win Again
Carlos Avila scored a pair of first-half goals Tuesday to help the North Moore boys' soccer team move to 2-0 with a 3-1 victory at West Davidson.
The Mustangs trailed 1-0 in about the 12th minute of the match when Avila received a pass from Antonio Bernal in front of the West Davidson goal. Avila chipped the ball over the goalkeeper from 15 yards away.
Bernal was also involved in Avila's next goal in the 23rd minute. He took a shot from the left side of the field that was deflected by a defender back to Avila. Avila pounced on the ball and delivered a low shot from 25 yards out that eluded the goalkeeper's grasp.
All of the scoring came in the first half. Joaquin Diaz connected off of a pass from Bernardo Cruz for the insurance tally.
The Mustangs completed a busy first week with a home match against Central Davidson on Thursday. They are scheduled to entertain another non-conference opponent, Trinity, at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday.
NMHS Netters Win
The North Moore volleyball team started off their season with a three-game sweep over South Davidson.
The Mustangs posted 25-18, 25-6 and 28-26 wins over their Yadkin Valley Conference foes.
Coach Alana Pennington was pleased with the way her charges played in their season opener. She mentioned several factors in the team's win including the outstanding play of Logan Monroe and Brittany Harper. Hollie Brady provided strong defense on the back row. The net was attacked with force by Megan McNeill, Casey Smith, Carrie Smith and Elyssa Vest. Jessica Phillips led the way with service aces, while Brandi Chandler led the way with setting assists.
Next up is a home match with Chatham Central on Thursday.
Vikes Win in Tennis
Union Pines defeated visiting Southern Lee 9-0 in girls' tennis Wednesday.
The Vikings are now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the Cape Fear Valley Conference.
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