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Laney 8   J.H. Rose 0

Senior forward Wesley Nelson tallied his first hat trick of the year to help guide Laney to an 8-0 season-opening result over J.H. Rose on Tuesday night.

Wesley Nelson. Photo by Joe Catenacci
Wesley Nelson. Photo by Joe Catenacci

The Bucs controlled possession right from the opening kick and used several combinations through midfield to get the early lead. Nathaniel Lorenz was relentless from the back line moving forward and helped set up the opening goal as he found Jack Brarens on the attack. With space moving into the final third, Brarens sent in a beautiful ball from 30 yards out and Nelson scored his first goal of the night on a header in the sixth minute for the early advantage.

It was David Dailey and Jackson Young in the mix during the second score when a couple of short passes led to an open Nelson, who finished a touch from Young with a solid strike just inside the 18-yard box into lower left frame. And the six-foot, three-inch Nelson notched his third score in the 26th minute on an easy chip in to give Laney plenty of breathing room before Brarens and Sam Shifflett notched goals just before the half to put the game in hand.

Lorenz, Tristan Nelson and Brandon Rollins also finished with goals for the Bucs, who moved to 1-0 overall. Laney returns to the pitch against West Carteret and Cary at the annual Battle at the Beach Tournament in Jacksonville August 21-22.

New Hanover 6     Croatan 1

Juan Rosales finished with two goals and two assists as New Hanover picked up its first win of the season following a 6-1 victory at Croatan on Tuesday.

NHHS: Goals- Juan Rosales (2); Foster Willis; Jack Kiernan; Jackson Lumpkin; John Evans; Assists- Juan Rosales (2); Foster Willis; Saves- Roman Lewis (1); Elmer Murillo (1)



Topsail 3    Wilmington Christian 1

(19-25, 25-22, 25-19, 25-22)

After dropping the opening set, Topsail rallied to win three straight to secure a 3-1 win over Wilmington Christian on Tuesday night.

Madi Ford led the way with 12 kills, while Payton Shoenleber recorded 23 assists. Angelica Biele and Selena Biele also combined for 22 points in the victory and Marlee Marrotta had a strong defensive game with 10 digs.

Topsail stats: Payton Schoenleber, eight points, two aces, six kills, 23 assists, five digs; Haley Woods, three kills, one block; Marlee Marrotta, 10 points, one ace, one kill, 10 digs; Madi Ford, six points, one ace, 12 kills, four blocks nine digs; Angelica Biele, six points, one aces, 12 kills, four blocks, nine digs; Kaylee Kyle, six points, five kills seven digs; Selena Biele, 11 points, four aces, one kill, one block;  Victora Elder, eight kills
Ashley  3    Jack Britt 1
(25-20, 25-20, 25-21)

North Brunswick 3   Trask 1

(25-15, 13-25, 25-20, 25-15)

 Kaylee Scoggins had a great game getting five aces, 10 kills, one assist, and 25 digs, while Claire Longshore continued a strong start to the season at setter with 28 assists. Valerie Renna also added 10 kills in the attacked and played a strong defensive match with 37 digs.
“We came out strong last night in the first set,” said North Brunswick Coach Morgan Farroll. “Swinging hard and looking better than our game against Union on Monday, but then we seemed to get comfortable and slacked off during the second set and let Trask take a set from us. After the second set loss, the girls re-focused and did not look back to took the next two sets. Today will be a good test for us as we take on New Hanover.”

Cape Fear Academy 3     Wayne Country Day 1

(25-21, 25-20, 18-25, 25-10)