Sports Briefs: Vikes Break Into Win Column in Soccer
The Union Pines boys’ soccer team got its first win of the season Monday, defeating Douglas Byrd 3-0 in Fayetteville.
With the 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference victory, the Vikings snapped a six-game losing streak while improving to 1-0 in league play and 1-6 overall.
Adam Howard got Union Pines on the board in the opening minute of the tilt off a pass by Matthew Cooper. In the 24th minute Leonardo Aragon found the back of the net on a goal assisted by Brennan Bullock. The score gave the visiting Vikes a 2-0 margin, which they took into intermission.
Troy Rooney capped off the scoring for the night in the 79th minute of action. The assist on the goal went to Tristan Mathews.
After the match Union Pines head coach Mike Mibb felt his squad did not make the most of its scoring opportunities.
“Douglas Byrd was a very poor team,” said Mibb. “The only offensive opportunities they (Byrd) had were due to our giving up the ball because of poor passing. We should have scored at least twice as many goals but executed poorly and shot at the goalkeeper.
“Byrd was able to apply little to no pressure on us and we did a poor job of pressuring their goal in a constructive manner. We are still trying to rely on too much individual effort and not playing well as a team — I fully believe we should have won 9-0.”
The Douglas Byrd goalkeeper made 12 saves in the tilt, and the Eagle defense blocked another shot on goal.
For the Vikings, Robert MacPherson manned the goal in the first half and had one one save. Senior P.J. Schmittdiel took over the keeper duties in the second half and made two saves.
Union Pines is back in CFVC action at 7 p.m. tonight against the Overhills Jaguars (2-4) in Spring Lake.
PHS Wins Twice in Volleyball
The Pinecrest volleyball team (10-0) prepped for Tuesday’s home conference showdown against Scotland High (8-0) by defeating Mount Tabor and Laney in Wilmington on Saturday.
The Patriots dropped their first set of the season 25-20 to Mount Tabor before winning the next three games 25-13, 25-21 and 28-26. The attack was led by Janea Williams with 13 kills, and Felicia Painter and Amber Goodwin with 10 each.
Setter Megan Thomas had 26 assists to go with 13 digs. Libero Keegan Lynch had 17 digs and Goodwin had five blocks. Katie Smith contributed five assists and eight digs.
The Patriots defeated Laney, the host team, 25-20, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-16. Thomas was credited with 34 assists and 12 digs, and Lynch had 13 digs.
Also for the Pats, Williams had 15 kills, Mary Grace Phipps had six kills and eight digs and Goodwin contributed 11 kills and seven blocks. Madison Walling had six digs.
Mustangs Sweep Eagles
The North Moore volleyball team picked up its second Yadkin Valley Conference win when it swept East Montgomery 3-0 Monday in Robbins.
The Lady Mustangs took the first game of the match 25-17 and then routed the Lady Eagles 25-9 in the second game. The visiting Eagles made it a little interesting in the third game, but North Moore prevailed 25-20 to make it a 3-0 sweep.
The Mustangs improved their league mark to 2-4 and 2-6 overall while the Eagles fall to 3-4 in conference play.
The Mustangs were paced by senior Jalisa Davis with seven kills while junior teammate Dana Wolfe added five kills. Junior setter Alex Williams finished with 24 assists to lead the Mustangs. The Eagles’ Hannah Watts and Monica Hassell had five kills each while Payton Harrell had 15 assists.
North Moore’s junior varsity squad swept East 2-0, winning the first game 25-21 and the second game 25-20. The jayvee team improves its record to 4-2 in conference action and 5-3 overall.
The Mustangs travel to Chatham Central Thursday for a conference match.
The junior varsity match is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity match.
Vikings Win in Tennis
Union Pines made short work of visiting Westover Monday, claiming a 9-0 win that featured five forfeits from the visitors.
Melissa Tally picked up two wins for Union Pines, moving her to No. 18 on the school’s career win list with a 115-14 overall record. Union Pines is now 8-0 overall and 5-0 in the Cape Fear Valley Conference.
The Vikes are scheduled to entertain Douglas Byrd today (Wednesday).
Union Pines 9 Westover 0
Singles — Mary Beth Jackson (UP) defeated Linh Hunyh 8-0; Melissa Tally (UP) def. Breonna Durrah 8-0; Laura Cameron (UP) def. Harley Robales 8-0; Elena D’Argenio (UP) won by forfeit; Megan Smith (UP) won by forfeit; Kailee Southworth (UP) won by forfeit.
Doubles — Jackson-Tally (UP) def. Hunyh-Durrah W 8-0; Cameron-D’Argenio (UP) won by forfeit; Smith-Southworth (UP) won by forfeit.
Pat Freshmen Top Scots
The Pinecrest freshmen football team is off to a 3-0 start after defeating Scotland High 27-2 in Laurinburg Thursday afternoon.
In a game that was called at the end of three quarters because of lightning, the Patriots again combined a balanced offense with a defense that gives up points grudgingly.
James Campbell ran for two of his three touchdowns in the game in the first half as the Patriots took a 21-0 lead. Kyle Corbett kicked the extra point after one of the scores and Maleek Stanford ran for two points after another.
The Scot points came in the third period on a safety that followed a goal-line stand by the Patriot defense. Passes from Christian Ledbetter of 20 and 35 yards to Mishak McCrae set up the final touchdown on a short run by the quarterback.
Patriot coach Ronshau Cole was pleased with another solid defensive effort by his team.
Brandon Reeves and Maleek Thompson both intercepted a Scot pass.
The Patriots are scheduled to entertain Richmond at 4 p.m. Thursday.
Mustangs Lose in Tennis
The North Moore girls’ tennis team traveled to Chatham Central Monday to meet one of the top teams in the Yadkin Valley Conference.
The host Lady Bears showed why they are one of the top teams in the league, blanking the Lady Mustangs 9-0. The loss drops the Mustangs to 2-5 in the conference standings.
The Mustangs continue conference action when they travel to South Stanly Wednesday.
North Moore’s next home match is Thursday when they host North Rowan. Both matches are scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.
Chatham Central 9, North Moore 0
Singles — Casey Oldham (CC) defeated Shannon Marley 6-0, 6-0; Evan Moody (CC) def. Ciera McDonald 6-2, 6-3; Hannah Batten (CC) def. Clarisa Gomez 6-0, 6-2; Jessica Cockman (CC) def. Stephanie McNeill 6-2, 6-0; Abby Wilkins (CC) def. Lydia Priest 6-0, 6-0; Allie Maness (CC) def. Leslie Avila 6-0, 6-2.
Doubles — Oldham-Cockman (CC) def. Marley-McDonald 8-1; Moody-Batten (CC) def. Priest-McNeill 8-0; Wilkins-Maness (CC) def. Melanie Stewart-Melissa Kennedy 8-1.
Vikings Win Again in Golf
The Union Pines Lady Viking golf team remained undefeated with an impressive tri-school league meet win Monday in Sanford at Carolina Trace.
With a combined team score of 282 Union Pines defeated second-place Southern Lee by 32 strokes. Western Harnett placed third with a tally of 322.
The Vikes are now 3-0 on the season and 3-0 in 3-A Cape Fear Valley Conference competition, with four league matchesleft before the start of the postseason.
Head coach Raymond Groseclose feels his team is deeper at each of the three scoring slots this season.
Last season Union Pines placed third in the final CFVC standings, but all early indications point to a Viking league crown this year.
“The girls are filling their roles very well so far,” he said. “Freshman newcomer Abby Parsons has been a steady No. 1 player. Lindsay Dakin is strong at the No. 2 slot and we have four girls all right there competing for our third and final scoring position.”
Parsons earned medalist honors Monday for Union Pines, firing an 84, while Vike junior Dakin shot a 98. This week junior Channah Valkos was the third scorer for Union Pines carding a round of 100.
“We are a little bit stronger at each of the three positions on our roster than we were last year,” said Groseclose. “We are certainly better and more consistent at the top-two spots. Then we have four girls who are all working hard and getting better as a group.
“On any given week, one of those four girls — including Valkos, Olivia Blue, Hanna Duncan and Shannen Burns — has the ability to be that third scorer we need.
“We are in good shape now, but if we can have three scores breaking 100 each week then we will really be in business.”
Union Pines returns to action next week in a conference match at Anderson Creek Golf Club in Spring Lake.
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