Corinth Holders blanks Cedar Ridge
Corinth Holders shut out Hillsborough Cedar Ridge 4-0 in the opening round of the 2A soccer playoffs Wednesday, Oct. 30, behind goalkeeper Christian Green.
“Christian played his best game of the season,” said Corinth Holders coach Brent Walston. “He made all the plays he had to. … Shutouts in the state playoffs are what you’re after. If you can keep your opponent from scoring, it’s a pretty simple game.”
Zach Blinson assisted on the Pirates’ first goal and scored another. Pedro Segundo, Justin Rogers and Daniel Barajas also scored for Corinth Holders.
Hayden Lane and Dalton Parker were credited with assists.
Trojans bow out at Southern Wayne
South Johnston took a 4-1 loss to Southern Wayne in the opening round of the 3A boys’ soccer playoffs Wednesday in a meeting of two former conference foes.
Southern Wayne’s Desir Duefort scored on two breakways and assisted on a third goal to lead his team to victory. South Johnston got even in the 35th minute when Carols Parra’s corner kick went directly into the goal.
The Trojans, who finished the season 9-9-1, had two players red-carded in the second half and played the final 20 minutes of the match two men down.
Neuse Charter, Princeton bow out of 1A playoffs
Neuse Charter dropped a 9-0 decision to Franklin Academy Wednesday afternoon in the first round of the 1A state boys’ soccer playoffs. Neuse Charter finished the season 8-15 and was making its first state playoff appearance.
Granville Central defeated Princeton 6-0.
The 1A playoff field was expanded to 64 teams this year.
Jordan shuts out West Johnston
West Johnston took a 5-0 loss to Durham Jordan Wednesday night in the opening round of the 4A boys’ soccer playoffs. The Wildcats finished the season 10-12-1.
Croatan eliminates North Johnston
Croatan scored five second-half goals to pull away from North Johnston in the 2A boys’ soccer playoffs Wednesday night for a 7-1 victory.
North’s goal came from Jackson Sherron on an assist from Ricardo PadillaCroatan’s Garrett Bridgewater had three goals in the victory.
The Panthers finished the season 8-12-1 and will lose five seniors to graduation: captinas Bailey Lail and Caleb Byrd, Hunter Grantham, Sean McGovern and Trae Jones.
Cleveland explodes in second half
Cleveland scored all four of its goals in the second half and topped Eastern Alamance 4-2 in the opening round of the 3A boys’ soccer playoffs Wednesday night.
Jhavonte Moon and Federico Planchon both scored two goals each for the Rams (9-10-1), who met Fayetteville Terry Sanford (21-1-1) in the second round of the playoffs. Gio Solis and Brett Koehmstedt each had an assist in the win.
“In the first half, it just seemed like both teams were feeling each other out – playoff jitters I guess,” said Cleveland coach Fabrizio Bonilla. “Both teams had opportunites but couldn’t capitalize on anything. In the second half, we settled down, possessed and spread the field and got two quick scores.”
Eastern rallied to tie the match but Cleveland had two answers for those goals: the go-ahead goal on Koehmstedt’s feed to Moon, the second from Planchon unassisted.