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AREA ROUNDUP: Cyclones blank Greenville Christian in opener

Community Christian kicked off its varsity boys soccer season Tuesday, Aug. 22, with a 3-0 defeat of visiting Greenville Christian.

Hector Guzman was busy for the Cyclones, scoring a pair of goals and doling out an assist while Abner Martinez-Serrano netted the other goal for CCS. Connor Ferguson led the defensive effort for Community Christian while Carlos Ventura made eight saves in goal.

The Cyclones next kick off Mid-Atlantic Christian Athletic Association play Thursday, Aug. 24, at home against New Bern Christian.

Chargers take 1st loss at Wake Christian

GARNER — After a win and a draw, Wilson Christian got its first varsity boys soccer loss of the young season Tuesday in a 5-1 nonconference decision at Wake Christian.

The Chargers’ only goal came with 14 seconds left when a corner kick by Mateo Pappas deflected off a Bulldogs player and into the net. The NCISAA 4-A Bulldogs (2-2) took 31 shots on goal to just four by the Chargers (1-1-1) of the NCCSA 2-A ranks.

Wilson Christian sophomore David Wall came up with 26 saves in goal, including 21 stops in the first half when the Chargers only trailed 2-0.

Wilson Christian will host Greenfield on Friday at 7 p.m.

Firebirds’ 2nd-half rally overcomes Knightdale

KNIGHTDALE – Southern Nash scored three goals in the second half Tuesday to prevail 5-2 in a nonconference boys soccer match at Knightdale as the 3-A Firebirds of the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference rebounded from their only loss of the season so far.

Southern Nash, which fell 1-0 to Greene Central last Thursday, scored first before the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference Knights (2-2-1) answered with a pair of goals before the Firebirds knotted the score at 2-all going into halftime.

Five Firebirds scored, including Victor Vargas and Vincent Lopez each with a penalty-kick goal while Jose Nunez, Frank Gonzalez and Wyatt Earp each scored a goal. Erick Arroyo passed out two assists and Mario Arredondo had one assist.

Southern Nash will host Hunt on Thursday at 5 p.m.


CCS denied in five sets for 1st loss

Community Christian came up just short in an epic five-set match Tuesday, Aug. 22, against Greenville Christian at the Peace Church gym. 

The Cyclones, now 2-1, lost the first set 25-22 before rallying to win the next two games, 25-13, 25-20. However, Greenville Christian pulled out a 25-23 squeaker to force a decisive fifth set, winning that 15-13.

“I was really proud of the girls for fighting hard and never giving up,” said CCS head coach Kelly Bradshaw, who praised senior libero Faith Jones for leading the defense.

Fellow senior Taylor Ricks led the Cyclones at the net with six kills while Gracie Beamond totaled four kills. Claire Carter paced CCS at the service line with 13 points, including an ace, to go with two kills while Autumn Bradshaw served up 12 points with four aces. Libby Bass crafted 11 service points with three aces. Katie Mangum contributed four points with an ace and a kill while Jones supplied two kills and a pair of points.

The Cyclones will host New Bern Christian on Thursday.

Knights hold off Crossroads Christian

After dropping the first set of Tuesday’s home volleyball match to Crossroads Christian, Greenfield rallied to take the next three sets and the match.

The 22-25, 25-23, 25-10, 27-25 victory left the Knights 2-1 while the Colts departed 0-3.

Junior Darcy Dean and sophomore Brooklyn Scott recorded a double-double for Greenfield. Dean made 16 kills and 10 digs while Scott rang up 10 kills and 11 digs. Each served five aces with Scott leading the team with 19 service points. Dean and senior Yasmine Bulluck each had 11 service points. Natalie Copeland also had 11 digs for Greenfield while Bulluck handed out 20 assists.

The Knights will host Fayetteville Academy on Wednesday.


Ladybirds sweep Bulldogs in Big East debut

STANHOPE – Southern Nash breezed past Nash Central 9-0 in the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference girls tennis opener Tuesday on the Ladybirds courts.

Southern Nash, now 2-1 overall, got singles wins in straight sets from Hannah Mennig, Maura Kennedy, Julisa Mendez, Talia Carlson and Ariel Perry while McKenzie Kennedy prevailed in three sets at No. 4.

Mennig teamed with Maura Kennedy at No. 1 doubles while Mendez-Perry and McKenzie Kennedy-Carlson claimed the other doubles points for the Ladybirds, who continue Big East play Thursday at Roanoke Rapids.


CCS wins in 2

Host Community Christian took care of visiting Greenville Christian in two sets — 25-10, 25-20 — in Tuesday’s volleyball clash at the Peace Church gym.

Autumn Bradshaw paced the Cyclones with 10 service points, including two aces, to go with a kill while Payton Bush served three aces among her six points. Katelyn Brown and Claire Carter each recorded six service points for CCS, which hosts New Bern Christian on Thursday.