Hoggard soccer, Topsail softball stay alive in state tournament

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4A Tournament

No. 5 Hoggard 1   No. 29 Holly Springs 0 

An evenly played match was decided in the 68th minute when Western Carolina commit Sayres McKenna tallied the game-winner for Hoggard to lift the Vikings past Holly Springs 1-0 at Scott Braswell Stadium on Wednesday night.

Hoggard survived with a late goal in the second half on Wednesday. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Hoggard survived with a late goal in the second half on Wednesday. Photo courtesy Rodney Williams.

Hoggard improved to 19-2-2 overall as the No. 5 seed in the 4A playoffs, while Holly Springs saw its season come to an end as a No. 29 seed in the tournament.

The Vikings controlled possession through the early stages of the first half and had a chance to go up in the opening 40 minutes, but Nikki Debardalaben turned away a Jess Bennion penalty kick to keep the match even.

The Golden Hawks started to gain a little momentum after the break before McKenna put away the lone goal with 12 minutes remaining in regulation.

No. 5 Hoggard entertains No. 8 Raleigh-Broughton in the elite eight of the bracket later this week.



3A Tournament

No. 5 Topsail 5    No. 20 Triton 2

Victoria Elder turned in another strong outing from the stripe and the Topsail fielders played a clean game defensively as the Pirates pulled out a 5-2 win over Triton in Hampstead on Wednesday night.

Victoria Elder. Photo by Joe Catenacci
Victoria Elder. Photo by Joe Catenacci.

“We’re getting hot at the right time, playing good defense and executing at the plate,” said Topsail Coach Jay Abston. “I thought we left a few opportunities on the bases and took a couple of chances with an early lead, but the defense has really stepped up and has been a strong part of our game this season.”

Elder got ahead of the hitters with 16 first-pitch strikes as the sophomore struck out four and pitched to contact after Topsail jumped out to a 5-0 advantage. Tanesha Williams drove in a pair of runs for the Pirates, while Hailey Glester finished with two hits at the plate.

Topsail moved to 19-6 as the No. 5 seed and take on No. 9 C.B. Aycock at home in the fourth round of the 3A playoffs on Friday.

 Box score                  R H E

Triton  000 002  0      2   8  3

Topsail 122 000 X       5  6   0