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PLAYOFFS: Soccer teams still kicking

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D.H. Conley goalie Maeve English leaps for a save during Saturday's shutout of Cedar Ridge in the 3-A state playoffs.


The Daily Reflector

Saturday, May 12, 2018

D.H. Conley’s girls’ soccer team came away with a thrilling 1-0 victory Saturday evening over visiting Cedar Ridge in the second round of the 3-A state playoffs.

Conley, a No. 6 seed in the East that hasn’t allowed a goal during its two playoff games behind strong defenders and the goalkeeping of Maeve English, is into the third round thanks to a late goal by Jenna Rupp against No. 22 Cedar Ridge.

The sophomore Rupp scored the deciding goal for the Vikings (14-4-4) in the 22nd minute of the second half. English made a remarkable save with less than a minute remaining to prevent overtime.

"It's an extreme positive having Maeve in goal for our team and she came up huge for us there in crunch time when we needed her,” DHC coach Shannon McLaughlin said. "We'll celebrate this win as best as we can but turn right around and get ready for Terry Sanford next week.”

Conley will play at third-seeded Terry Sanford, which won 6-1 in the second round.

— Joshua Betts/Cooke Communications

J.H. Rose 2

Southern Alamance 1

No. 17 seed J.H. Rose has posted consecutive 2-1 road wins in the 3-A postseason and Saturday’s victory came against top-seeded Southern Alamance.

Rose (14-6-2) led 1-0 at halftime from a goal on a penalty kick. The Rampants, who knocked off a Southern Alamance squad that came in with an 18-2 record, will look to continue their upset run at No. 8 Clayton.

Parrott Academy 1

Fayetteville Academy 0

Par­rott Academy is in the 2A NCISAA state semi­fi­nals for the sec­ond straight year af­ter an­other playoff win over Fayet­teville Academy. The lone goal of the con­test came in the 53rd minute when Rachel Alexan­der-Lee scored on a free kick from about 25 yards away.

Parrott (15-4) is set to host Asheville Christian Academy on Tuesday at 5 p.m.


Western Harnett 7

D.H. Conley 4

D.H. Conley’s season came to an abrupt end Saturday night in the second round of the 3-A playoffs with a loss to visiting and underdog Western Harnett.

The second-seeded Vikings (21-6) struggled on the pitcher’s mound and at the plate during the first five innings.

Then the sixth inning happened, and the Vikes were able to load the bases trailing 6-0 with Robby O'Neal coming to the plate. O’Neal sent the ball over the fence for a grand slam and to bring DHC closer to striking distance.

An odd interference call after O'Neal’s blast helped to squash any potential Conley winning rally and its season came to an end.

"Walks and an early error really did us in tonight,” Conley coach Jason Mills said. “We battled there at the end, but their pitcher threw enough strikes to just get it done. We had a great season, exceeded expectations and to finish 21-6 on the year was not easy with the conference that we play in."

— Joshua Betts 

Union Pines 6

J.H. Rose 4

Union Pines continued the major shakeup in the bottom half of the 3-A East bracket by defeating J.H. Rose in the second round at Guy Smith Stadium.

Rose (18-7) was the No. 10 seed and eyeing a potential third-round matchup with rival D.H. Conley, but both Greenville clubs were ousted.

The Rampants shut out Eastern Alamance in the first round, but the difference Saturday was a late rally by a Union Pines team that posted a 5-5 record in the regular season in the Tri-County 6 Conference to finish in fourth place. The 26th-seeded Vikings have started the postseason, however, with upsets of Southern Lee and Rose.

West Craven 7

North Pitt 2

North Pitt won on the road in the 2-A first round as the No. 26 seed, but its run came to end with a loss at No. 10 West Craven in the second round. The Panthers finished with an 11-14 record.

Coastal Christian 6

Parrott Academy 2

Coastal Christian scored all six of its runs during the first two innings and rode that to eliminate Parrott Academy in the 2A NCISAA quarterfinals.

Connor Bright led the offense for APA (16-8) by going 3-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Zach Vendemia was 1-for-2 with two walks.


Parrott Academy 9

Coastal Christian 0

The top-seeded Parrott Academy boys’ tennis team rolled past Coastal Christian for the third time this season with a win this time in the quarterfinal round of the 2A NCISAA state tournament.

Zach Sylvia and Thomas Peacock posted 6-0, 6-0 wins during singles action. Peacock was the No. 1 seed for singles and he paired with William Hill for an 8-0 victory in the top doubles slot.


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