Late score leads Vikings past Bears, 2-1
By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector
Friday, September 13, 2019
A late goal by Jesus Angel pushed D.H. Conley to victory over 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference leader New Bern Thursday night, 2-1.
After ending the first half deadlocked at one goal a piece as DHC's (5-2-1, 1-1) Massimo Mannino (1 goal, 1 assist) and New Bern's Brayden West (1 goal) recorded scores, the Vikings began to crash the goal in hopes of a late score. The strategy paid dividends with just 4:20 left on the clock, as Mannino (1 goal, 1 assist) flicked the ball to his left deep into the box, finding Angel who knocked in the game winning score.
"We just dug deep tonight," Conley head coach Shannon McLaughlin said of her team. "We have a lot of injuries and kids out with illnesses, so we knew we had to dig deep coming off the bench and they did that. They fought hard till the end."
McLaughlin said that passing deep in the offensive zone was something that the team had worked on in practice.
"We had worked on that exact thing yesterday in practice," She said. "In the past we had not really framed the net and crashed the goal, and we worked specifically on that and what the outside wing needed to do. They needed to stay on that back post and Jesus did exactly that and it paid off for him and us tonight."
The Vikings travel to face rival J.H. Rose on Sept. 17.
"It's always a good rivalry no matter what," McLaughlin said. "It's always a battle and I know the guys are excited for it."
Parrott Acedemy 9, Thales Academy 0
APA picked up a dominant win Thursday over Thales Academy.
Kolby Jones, George Dismukes, Harris Barker, Elia Movahead, Josh Okonkwo, Mateus Prado, Jesse Morquecho, John Grice, and Zach Hutsell all recorded one goal a piece.
Prado led the way with two assist, while Jones, Dismukes, Marshall Taylor, Jacob Fisher & Caleb Allen also recorded one each.
Conley sweeps meet with New Bern, C.B. Aycock
DHC's girls and boys cross country teams took home gold Wednesday evening at a 3-A/4-A Eastern Carolina Conference meet that included New Bern and C.B. Aycock.
The Vikings girls took first with 20 points, led by Annika Stokes, who finished second with a time of 22:50. Eve Curits (Third, 23:34), Alice Guth (Fourth, 23:50) and Haley Ferell (Fifth, 23:52) rounded out the top five for DHC.
The Conley boys also finished on top with just 15 points, led by Peyton Walters (First 17:56) and Toby Bryson (Second, 18:46). Landon Williams (Third, 18:55), Garrett Miller (Fourth, 19:07) and Jalen Wilson (Fifth, 19:31) helped the Vikings sweep the top five finishers.
Ayden-Grifton 3, Washington 0
A-G picked up a win over conference for Washington Thursday night 3-0 (25-21, 25-21 and 25-16).
The Chargers were led by Aaleyah Garris (18 service points, 10 kills), Emily Dykes (15 service points, 12 kills), Lexi Bryant (10 kills) and Holly Cannon (25 assists).
A-G (6-4, 2-0) will travel to face South Lenoir on Sept. 17.
D.H. Conley 3, Wake Forest 0
DHC earned a big non-conference win Wednesday after sweeping Wake Forest, 25-17, 25-16 and 25-14.
Ella Philpot (12 kills, 5 blocks), Alexis Desoto (9 kills), Sara Dees (7 kills, 5 blocks) and Olivia Lefever (20 assists) led the way for Conley (9-0) in the win.
The Vikings return to action Saturday as hey travel to face Hoggard.
J.H. Rose 3, C.B. Aycock 1
After a tough first set Rose won three straight sets to close out C.B. Aycock Wednesday night, 9-25, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-16.
Anna Bayes (17 assists, 3 kills, 6 aces), Grayson Norwood (11 kills) and Mary Hanna Sawyer (6 digs, 3 aces) led the way for the Rampants.
Rose (6-3, 2-1) will host West Johnston on Sept. 16.
Ayden-Grifton 6, North Lenoir 3
A-G pulled out a win over North Lenoir Thursday evening.
Wins in singles came from Lauryn Arnold (No. 3), Hiba El-Shaer (No. 4), Macy Mann (No. 5) and Sarah Hamill (No. 6). Wins in doubles came from the parings of Sara Docsch and Mann (No. 2) and El-Shaer and Hamill (No. 3).
A-G (4-2, 1-1) travels to face Greene Central on Sept. 17.
D.H. Conley 2, Wake Forest 0
Conley's JV program also poicked up a sweep of Wake Forest. The Vikings saw strong performances from Riley Baldree (5 kills), Cassie Dail (5 kills) and Carson Corey (16 assists).
DHC (7-2, 0-1) will hit the road to face C.B. Aycock on Sept. 17.