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Gonzalez’s 4 goals lift red-hot Southern Nash

Posted on September 19, 2021

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ROANOKE RAPIDS — There’s been no answer for the Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team within the confines of the 2-A/3-A Big East Conference.

That didn’t change Thursday night at Roanoke Rapids, where the Firebirds utilized four goals and an assist by senior captain Jared Gonzalez in a 5-2 victory.

In finishing its 10th straight match without a loss, Southern Nash climbed to 9-2-1 overall and 4-0 in Big East play. Senior Raul Nunez had a goal with junior Jonathan Robles and senior Ramiro Rangel handing out assists.

Roanoke Rapids (5-2, 1-2 Big East), picked up goals from Coleman Neal and Doug Merritt.

The Firebirds are scheduled to return home Monday to face Rocky Mount.

Ladybirds get road win at Nash Central

ROCKY MOUNT — The Southern Nash High girls tennis team grabbed four singles wins and quickly wrapped up the outcome in doubles Thursday, with the Ladybirds posting a 6-2 win over 2-A/3-A Big East foe Nash Central.

Sophomore Hannah Mennig, junior Amber Patterson, sophomore Maura Kennedy and sophomore Mackenzie Kennedy all prevailed in singles for Southern Nash, with Danielle Whitley, Patterson and both Kennedy sisters contributing to the two victories in doubles for the Ladybirds.

Southern Nash is scheduled to host Roanoke Rapids on Tuesday.

Firebirds stay unbeaten in Big East

Host Southern Nash downed Bunn 3-0 in 2-A/3-A Big East Conference varsity boys soccer action Sept. 15, the fourth straight shutout by the Firebirds defense.

Senior Raul Nunez scored two goals for Southern Nash, which improved to 8-2-1 overall and 3-0 in Big East matches, while junior Isidro Romero scored the other goal. Sophomore Gamliel Mendoza and senior Jared Gonzalez each had an assist.

Goalkeeper Alex Benitez made three saves in the shutout.

Bunn departed 1-3 overall and 1-2 in league action.

Ladybirds run away with conference match

WAKE FOREST — Behind the nine-hole 41 of senior Samantha Puckett, the Southern Nash High girls golf team posted a dominant 128 to coast to a four-team 2-A/3-A Big East Conference victory at Brevofield Golf Club on Sept. 15.

Puckett’s 41 was one stroke ahead of sophomore Mackenzie Gamble as freshman Jasmine Horrigan shot a 45 to become the Ladybirds’ third scorer. Northern Nash was a distant second at 195 with Franklinton (202) and Bunn (206) following.

For Southern Nash, sophomore Tabatha Tomaszewski added a 47 with senior Caroline Thornton fashioning a round of 62.

Ladybirds lose to Northern, top Franklinton

Southern Nash rebounded from a loss to Northern Nash the previous week with a 5-3 triumph over another 2-A/3-A Big East Conference opponent in Franklinton on Sept. 14.

Victorious in singles for the Ladybirds, who improved to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in Big East matches, were Hannah Mennig, Amber Patterson, Dari’elle Whitley and Mackenzie Kennedy, while Patterson and Maura Kennedy teamed for a doubles win.

In Sept. 9’s  8-1 loss to Northern Nash, the No. 3 doubles team of Whitley-Mackenzie Kennedy kept Southern Nash from being shut out.

Southern Nash got the point when the duo stopped Northern Nash’s Phoebe Atkins-Pearl Zhuang 8-2.

Southern Nash teams get top half conference finish

LOUISBURG — Both Southern Nash High cross-country teams finished in the top half of The Big East 2-A/3-A Conference standings after the conclusion of a Sept. 14 meet at Owen Park in Louisburg.

The Southern Nash boys team turned in a third-place finish, while the Ladybirds placed fourth.

For the Firebirds of coach Eddie Coble, Eric Braxton, Trevon Baker, Andrew Thompson, Mauricio Romero and Owen Ordess led the way while Jadiza Jimenez, Dahlia Romero, Miriam Salazar, Jessica Garcia and Grayson Deans spearheaded efforts for the Southern Nash girls.

Ladybirds fade versus Rocky Mount

A first-set win for Southern Nash against 2-A/3-A Big East Conference visitor Rocky Mount was all the Ladybirds got Sept. 14 in a four-set loss, 10-25, 26-24, 25-13, 25-9.

The loss was the seventh overall for the winless Ladybirds, who dropped to 0-5 versus Big East competition, while the Gryphons got their first win in eight overall matches and five in conference in the matchup of 3-A programs.

Carlee Beckham and Hannah Carpenter each recorded five kills and two service aces for Southern Nash. Beckham added three tips. Tabatha Tomaszewski had three kills and two blocks and Taylor Keen had two kills and a block.

Firebirds rout Louisburg 11-0

Senior Jared Gonzalez led a barrage of goal scorers for the Southern Nash High varsity boys soccer team Sept. 13, providing a hat trick before halftime to roll to an abbreviated 11-0 victory over 2-A/3-A Big East Conference opponent Louisburg.

Gonzalez added an assist for the Firebirds (7-2-1, 2-0 Big East), who extended their unbeaten streak to eight matches.

Eight other players had goals for Southern Nash, including junior Jonathan Robles, sophomore Jose Nunez, sophomore Frank Gonzalez, senior Raul Nunez, junior Kevin Dominguez, freshman Yair Nayola, junior Isidro Romero and freshman Jefferson Baharona.

Nunez had three assists, with senior Ramiro Rangel adding two. Frank Gonzalez, Jared Gonzalez and Romero had one assist each.

In goal, freshman Alex Benitez had one save before the match was halted after 40 minutes.

Ladybirds claim 2nd Big East match

ROCKY MOUNT — With Mackenzie Gamble setting the pace with a score of 41, the Southern Nash girls golf team breezed to a 53-stroke victory over runner-up Franklinton in the second 2-A/3-A Big East Conference match at Northgreen Country Club on Sept. 13.

Samantha Puckett recorded a 44 and Tabatha Tomaszewski had a 48 for the Ladybirds on the nine-hole round as they carded a team total of 133. Franklinton fired a 186, followed by Northern Nash (196) and Bunn (210). Also playing for Southern Nash were Jasmine Horrigan (52), Mercedes Ledbetter (57) and Caroline Thornton (67).

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