SPORTS BRIEFS: Viking Soccer Cruises Past Lumberton, 4-1
The Viking boys' soccer team show no signs of rust in a 4-1 road win against Lumberton Thursday night. The Vikings (2-1) had not played a game in more than a week.
Although head coach Jeremy Blake felt it was an ugly win, he admitted there were some positives in the match.
"It was a good night overall," said Blake. "All 21 players on our roster were able to play and play a lot."
The Vikes still managed to take control of the match early over the Pirates (0-4) and never looked back. As a result, Blake was able to use his entire second unit for most of the final half.
Ben McMichael, Allan Cha, Va Cha and Jake Waits all scored goals for Union Pines. Lumberton managed to score a goal late in the game, well after the outcome of the match had been decided.
In the first half Brain Hayes, Vike middle defender and team captain, had another strong effort. He was instrumental in stopping virtually every Pirate attack (near the 30), won countless loose balls, and steadily started Viking offensive transition breaks with his powerful and accurate foot.
After three straight road matches to start the season, Union Pines now shifts its focus to Cape Fear Valley play. The Vikes are scheduled to begin their conference campaign Monday, in Cameron, at the newly renovated Woodrow Wilhoit Stadium against Cape Fear Valley opponent Overhills. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m.
PHS Splits Two Tennis Matches
The Pinecrest girls' stumbled in their bid to repeat as tennis champions of the Mid-Southeastern Conference by losing 6-3 to Jack Britt at home Tuesday afternoon.
Jack Britt took control by winning four of the six singles matches led by the defending conference and regional doubles champions, Varice Love and Mary Lawrewnce Newton. Winners for the Patriots in singles were Hailey Ciccolanti and Caroline Hudson. Ally Parziale and Mariotti Meyers combined for the only Patriot success in doubles.
Pinecrest will get a chance to even the score with the Buccaneers when they travel to Jack Britt on Sept. 25.
The loss coupled with last week's victory at Hoke County puts the Patriots at 3-1 in conference matches.
Jack Britt 6, Pinecrest 3
Singles - Varice Love (J) def. Lyndsey Anderson 6-1, 6-1; Mary Lawrence Newton (J) def. Ally Parziale 6-1, 6-0: Marisa Pereria (J) def. Mariotte Meyer 6-3, 6-4; Hailey Ciccolanti (P) def. Sarah Crawford 6-4, 6-1; Kelli Shelton (J) def. Brooke McLean 6-2, 7-5; Caroline Hudson (P) def. Cassie Wronko 6-4, 3-6, (10-8) Doubles - Love/Newton (J) def. Anderson/Ciccolanti 8-1; Parziale/Meyers (P) def. Pereria/Crawford 8-8 (10-8); Shelton/Wronko (J) def. Arianna Brenner/Antionia Meyers 8-1
Pincrest 9, Hoke County 0
Singles - Lyndsey Anderson (P) def. Devan Thaggard 6-0 6-0; Ally Parziale (P) def. Sabryna Harrison 6-0, 6-0; Mariotti Meyers (P) def. Erin Lorry 6-0, 6-0; Hailey Ciccolanti (P) def. Nikole Kelly 6-0, 6-0; Caroline Hudson (P) def. Brittany Warren 6-1, 6-0 Doubles - Arianna Brenner/Antionia Meyer (P) def. Thaggard/Lorry 8-1; Alyson Grine/Ginnie Holderfield (P) def. Laura Clark/Meri Kelly 8-0; Emily Gower/Sara Sizer (P) def. Kyla Parker/Rhian Mceranab 8-2. Exhibition doubles - Kate Hieronymus/Joanne Wu (P) def. Sam Matthews/Aylssa Rocherolle 8-0.
PHS Golfers Win Conference Match
The Pinecrest girls traveled to the Stryker Golf Course at Fort Bragg Tuesday afternoon and won their second Mid-Southeastern Conference match of the season.
Kerry Radigan of the Patriots was the medalist with a round of 42-38-80. Tiffany Phasukkan posted an 83, and Katie Roberts an 88, as the Pats, finished in front of second place Richmond Senior and third place Jack Britt by a comfortable margin.
Conference play resumes on Monday with a match at Richmond Pines.
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