Pavon leads Smithfield-Selma’s rally by Clayton
Smithfield-Selma topped Clayton in boys soccer 3-2 Tuesday night, rallying in the final 15 minutes to get the victory.
Clayton’s Brandon Sainz scored on a penalty kick 15 minutes into the second half to put the Comets up 2-1. Ten minutes later, the Spartans Kenny Pavon equalized.
A counterattack up the right flank with six minutes to go gave Smithfield-Selma the winning margin. Harrison Howell carried the ball through the Comet penalty area and to the end line before crossing the ball back. The ball was just out of reach of one SSS player but Pavon was right behind and drilled home the game-winning goal.
SSS, which also played East Wake to a 1-1 tie on Wednesday, took the early lead on a goal from Alfredo Martinez. Clayton tied the match before the half when Daniel Alioto headed home a corner from Sainz.
“Clayton kept the pressure on us with long balls in box, but our defense held it all together to the end of the game,” said Smithfield-Selma coach Renato Freitas. “Clayton had a great game, they had great chances on long balls. But we had three goals missed on one-on-ones with their goalkeeper that we should not miss that would made a big difference in the game.”
Spartan golfers off to perfect start
Smithfield-Selma’s girls golf team won its first two Johnston County matches of the season last month. The Spartans topped West Johnston by a stroke in a match at the Country Club of Johnston County on Aug. 29.
Sophomore Brittany Talton led SSS with a 41 during the nine-hole match and was the event medalist. Neuse Charter’s McKenna Hammer carded a 43.
Parker Watson of Smithfield-Selma shot 47, while Marjorie Alston added a 57.
The Spartans will host the first Two Rivers 3A Conference match of the season Sept. 9 at the Country Club of Johnston County.
Rocky Mount tops Panthers
Rocky Mount held off North Johnston for a 3-2 boys soccer win Tuesday. Caleb Byrd had a goal and an assist for the Panthers in the loss. C.J. Jackson scored North’s final goal.
“We had a much improved effort,” said North coach Jody Edwards. The defense was led by Mason Cook and Hunter Grantham. The midfield played well and controlled the game.
Princeton rolls to two volleyball wins
Princeton swept by conference rival Hobbton on Tuesday, then swept nonconference rival North Johnston in volleyball on Wednesday. The Bulldogs stood 7-1 after the wins.
Tori Paul had 11 kills and five digs in the win over North, while Savanna Massengill added 10 kills, four aces and four blocks.
Massengill had 14 aces and 12 kills in the win over Hobbton. Taylor Carroll contributed eight aces.
Trojans blank Bulldogs
Jose Correa and Erick Santiago scored two goals each as South Johnston blanked Princeton 5-0 in boys soccer on Wednesday. Yovani Herrera scored South’s first goal of the match.
Julio Mendoza, Garrison McLeod, Jorge Barahona and Luis Garcia picked up assists for South.
South sweeps by West
South Johnston grabbed its fifth volleyball win of the season Wednesday with a 25-8, 25-8, 25-4 sweep of West Johnston.
Alexis Massengill had 10 digs and four kills for South (5-2), while Kathyrn Lee picked up 13 assists and three kills.
Madison Byrd added four kills and three aces, while Lauren Higgins notched four aces.
West second in GNRG golf match
Garner won Tuesday’s Greater Neuse River 4A Conference girls golf match at River Ridge with a combined score of 124, eight strokes ahead of West Johnston.
Nichole Ceyrolles of Garner was the event medalist with a 38, while Lauren Ceyrolles and Emily ONeill added 43s to the winning tally.
Monika Vidlickova of West Johnston shot 40, while Preslee Honeycutt and Blair Koonce both finished at 46.
Clayton was third at 153, paced by Olivia Hall, while Knightdale shot 177 and Southeast Raleigh totaled 185. Allison Stilley led Southeast Raleigh’s scoring.
Mudcats finish season of individual highs, team lows
The Mudcats finished the second half with a 35-35 record, eight games behind second-half champion Salem. Thanks to a bad first half, Carolina was a league worst 57-83 for the season.
Hitting was the strong suit for the Mudcats all season as they led the Carolina League in average at .266 as a team.
Jordan Smith led the league with 151 hits for the Mudcats.
Carolina hurler Cody Anderson, who was named the league’s top pitcher last week, led in the league with a 2.34 earned-run average.
Francisco Lindor, Joey Wendle and Anderson were selected as honorary year-end All-Stars for the Carolina League. The Mudcats’ three honorees are tied with the Potomac Nationals for the most on the 19-player list. Managers, general managers and media voted for this year’s superlatives.
Lindor and Anderson were both named to the midseason All-Star team before a call-up to the Double-A Akron Aeros this summer. Wendle garnered attention for his an outstanding season in his first full year in professional baseball.
The Mudcats averaged 3,354 fans a night at Five County Stadium. That’s slightly down from the 2012 total of 3,418.
The Carolina League playoffs began Wednesday with Lynchburg taking on Potomac and Salem meeting Myrtle Beach.
Four Oaks rider wins two titles
Four Oaks native Sarah McEntire won two non-pro championships at the 2013 Virginia Reining Horse Association Derby last month. McEntire, a freshman member of the Texas A&M University equestrian team, won the non-pro level 1 title and tied for the non-pro level 2.
“I was very honored to have been able to receive such an award,” McEntire told aggieathletics.com. “I was in a class with some of the top non-professionals on the East Coast who have been showing for 15 or 20-plus years each. It is always fun to show in the non-pro because I show with other non-pro competitors who began to be my role models when I was a youth rider.”
McEntire’s first meet with the Aggies is Oct. 5 at Kansas State.