Sports Briefs: Mustangs Get Win Over South Davidson in Soccer
The North Moore boys’ soccer team probably had to shake off some rust when they opened their Yadkin Valley Conference schedule at South Davidson Monday.
After all, the last match the Mustangs played was a nonconference match against Overhills two weeks ago.
The Mustangs came out strong, taking a 2-0 lead in the first half and then added a goal in the second half for a 3-0 shutout victory.
“In the first half, we did not play well, although we scored two goals and we controlled the possessions,” said North Moore coach Michael Shamberger. “In the second half, we played much better but had only one goal. Our hustle and passing were much better in the second half, and we settled into our style of playing.”
The Mustangs took the lead at the 23:54 mark on the clock when senior forward Luis Solache took a shot from 12 yards away from the goal and the ball deflected off a Wildcat defender into the goal. It was Solache’s third goal of the season
In the final minute of the opening half, junior Alejandro Mendoza deflected a shot off a South Davidson defender about six yards out that went into the Wildcat goal, giving the Mustangs a 2-0 lead at the break.
The goal was Mendoza’s first of the season.
The final goal came with 24:09 showing on the second half clock when sophomore Pedro Ugarte received the ball on the right goal line, booted the ball with his left foot from 18 yards out into the upper corner of the far post for his third goal of the year.
“Our defense played very well, especially in the second half,” said Shamberger. “South Davidson had no shots on our goal.”
The Mustangs finished with 17 shots on the Wildcats’ goal. Danny Garcia and Mendoza split time in the Mustangs’ goal. North Moore is now 2-0 overall and 1-0 in conference action.
The Mustangs continue their conference slate when they travel to Albemarle today.
The match is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m.
Patriot Netters Win Again
The Pinecrest volleyball team improved to 6-0 with a 25-15, 25-16 and 25-13 victory at E.E. Smith Monday evening.
Janea Williams led the Patriot hitters with 12 kills. Megan Thomas contributed 15 assists, Keegan Lynch had 16 digs, and Katie Smith chipped in with six assists and five digs.
The Patriots have won all 18 of their sets this season. They are idle until next Wednesday, when they entertain Union Pines.
Vike Girls Open With Win
Led by medalist Abby Parsons, the Union Pines girls’ golf team opened the season Monday with a victory in Cape Fear Valley Conference team-match competition.
When the final scores were tallied the Lady Vikings bested second-place Southern Lee by 14 strokes with a winning total of 260. Western Harnett placed third with a 346, and Overhills came in fourth place at the league match played in Sanford at Quail Ridge.
In her high school debut playing as a freshman, Parsons fired a 79 to take medalist honors at the event. Vike junior Lindsay Dakin carded an 84, while sophomore Kayla Jackson rounded out the squad’s top three with a 106.
“We are extremely pleased with our scores today,” said Vike head coach Raymond Groseclose after the match. “Abby Parsons is a tremendous talent and adds a whole new dimension to our team. We are also very happy with the improved play of Lindsay Dakin, who was our only qualifier for the state tournament last year.
“Our third and all important score came from Kayla Jackson today, but could easily have come from any of five other players on this team.
“Our key to success as a team will come from our ability to post three solid scores instead of just one like we did much of last season.”
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