Sports Briefs: UP Stays Unbeaten in Girls' Tennis Action
The Union Pines girls’ tennis improved to 4-0 in the Cape Fear Valley Conference Wednesday with a 9-0 win over Southern Lee.
With two wins in the match, Brittany Jones became the 47th girl at Union Pines to collect 65 wins. Her career mark is 65-18.
The Vikings (6-0 overall) return to conference play on Tuesday with a home match against Western Harnett.
Union Pines 9 Southern Lee 0
Singles — Melissa Tally (UP) defeated Paige Highberger 10-1; Madi Kramer (UP) def. Madeline Lutz 10-1; Brittany Jones (UP) def. Whitney Schultz 10-1; Laura Cameron (UP) def. Daisy Chang 10-1; Virginia Priest (UP) def. Dazym Rodriguez 10-1; Elena D’Argenio (UP) def. Ana Mitchell 10-0.
Doubles — Tally-Kramer (UP) def. Highberger-Lutz 8-0; Jones-Cameron (UP) def. Schultz-Chang 8-0; Celine Bullock-Maddie Walden (UP) def. Rodriguez-Mitchell 8-1.
PHS Jayvees Win
The Pinecrest junior varsity football team (1-2) hung on for a 20-18 win at Cox Mill Thursday evening.
The home team rallied to score a touchdown with four seconds remaining in the game.
The attempted run for a tying two-point conversion was denied on a saving tackle by the Patriots’ Zayrick Boyd.
The Patriots jumped out to a 14-0 lead on a two-yard run by Joseph Andersen and a 25-yard pass from Jyvion Justice to Kahner George. The Cougars closed the gap to 14-12 before Andersen broke numerous tackles on a 15-yard scoring run in the fourth period that made it 20-12.
The next game for the Patriot jayvee team is at Western Harnett on Sept. 15.
Cain Powers ’Pack
Tanya Cain is helping the N.C. State women’s soccer team get off to a great start with her aggressive play on the offensive end.
The all-time leading goal scorer at Pinecrest High School was dragged down in the penalty box, setting up the first Wolfpack goal in Sunday’s 4-1 victory over Colorado College at the Pitt Soccer Classic.
Later in the match, the senior captain scored her fourth goal of the season, increasing the Wolfpack lead to 3-0.
“Tanya was really good for us,” Wolfpack coach Steve Springthorpe said on gopack.com. “She scored the goal, created the PK, and was very aggressive all game long. She has played a tremendous first six games for us so far.”
The Wolfpack are 5-1 with their only loss by 3-1 coming on Saturday to nationally ranked Penn State.
Cain scored the only goal in the team’s season-opening 1-0 win over Virginia Commonwealth. In the next match against Navy, the three-time All-ACC academic honoree was taken down in the box in the 88th minute.
Teammate Alex Berger converted the penalty kick for another 1-0 victory.
The Wolfpack also defeated LSU 1-0.
O’Neal Girls’ Lose
The O’Neal girls’ tennis team traveled to Wilmington Thursday and dropped a Cape Fear Independent Conference match 9-0 to Cape Fear Academy.
In singles, Maggie Hakas dropped a hard-fought match to Tala Gadary 6-4, 6-2; Greyson Keel lost to Brooke Craham 7-5, 6-1; Ally Hoehn-Saric lost to Taylor Brennan 6-2, 6-0; Katherine McMurray lost to Annabel Stoehr 6-0, 6-0; Katie Salloum dropped a 6-0, 6-0 match to Alyx Copley; and Nicole Basile lost to Madison Graham 6-0, 6-0.
O’Neal dropped to 1-2 (1-1 conference) and Cape Fear improved to 1-1 (1-0).
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