Cape Fear CC 2 Northern Virginia CC 1
Cape Fear Community College picked up its second result in as many days following a 2-1 victory over Northern Virginia Community College to close a brief two-match road swing on Sunday.
Andrew Goodman scored both goals in the win, including the game-winner in the 86th minute off an assist by Vlyle Walker. The Sea Devils outshot Northern Virginia 18-5, but surrendered the equalizer in the 27th minute to level the match 1-1.
“It’s always tough to play back-to-back days, especially on two very hot days,” said CFCC Coach Chris Libert. “We made it a bit tough on ourselves by missing a few easy ones, but finished strong in the end and put the one away that counted.”
Goodman broke the scoreless game in the 24th minute on a pass from Stefano Proiette-Fehrenbac, while Connor Belk made four saves.
Cape Fear improved to 3-0-0 in non-conference play and continue a three-game road trip in their Region X opener at USC-Lancaster on Thursday, September 3.
Clemson 2 UNCW 1
Facing its second nationally ranked opponent of the season, UNCW used a goal by senior Katrina Guillou (Bishop Ireton H.S./Fort Washington, Md.) to build a 1-0 halftime lead at No. 23 Clemson on Sunday afternoon. But, the Tigers answered with two goals after the break to take a 2-1 victory over the Seahawks at Riggs Field.
The win allowed the Tigers to remain unbeaten with a 3-0-0 record, while dropping the Seahawks’ record to 1-3-0.
“Clemson is an outstanding team,” UNCW Coach Paul Cairney said. “They are well coached and can attack you in so many different ways. I thought our team executed the game plan well and we wanted to be tied or ahead at halftime.
“A few mental errors here and there along with good finishing by Clemson allowed the Tigers back into it.
“While we are disappointed with the result, we can take away many positives with the performance.”
UNCW resumes its six-game road trip next weekend with a pair of non-conference contests as part of the George Mason Tournament.
Oxford Emory 3 Cape Fear CC 1
Oxford Emory tallied three goals in the opening 45 minutes to spoil Cape Fear Community College’s home opener 3-1 on Sunday afternoon.
Faeth Wigfall scored a brilliant goal off an assist from Raime Cooper for the Sea Devils lone goals, while Melissa Cruz made five saves in net.
“Ten days ago I never would have thought we would start our season 0-2,” said CFCC Coach Ryan Deppa. “We have faced some challenges in the last week. It will be how we respond as a team going into conference play, which will play a key role in who we are come October.”
Cape Fear CC dropped to 0-2 on the year and open Region X play at Wake Tech on Thursday, September 3.
“Its still early and as long as we keep pushing forward, we will be just fine,” Deppa added. “Right now is a growing period for our team, and as long as we are willing to grow and stick together during these tough times, it will payoff later in the season.”
The Seahawks closed out the season-opening weekend with a 3-0 mark, while Charleston Southern finished 0-3.
Junior Kristen Powell earned Big Orange Bash tournament Most Valuable Player honors and was joined on the all-tournament team by junior Alyssa Desjardins and Lott.
“Overall, this was a great opening weekend because we had to compete at a high level right out of the gate,” said UNCW Head Coach Amy Bambenek. “It also gave us an idea on things to work on in the future. Alyssa (Desjardins) was steady and calculated with her offense and her connection with Nicole (Lott) and KP (Krisen Powell) was consistent and strong.
Cape Fear CC 3 Guilford Tech 0
(25-9, 25-12, 25-10)
Cape Fear Community College dropped just one set on Saturday as the Sea Devils swept a doubleheader against Guilford Tech and Potomac State College of WVU.
In the opening match, Tressa Amico recorded 11 kills and 11 blocks, while Sydney Robinson and Bailey Toman recorded 10 kills apiece. Kayla Mathias served five aces and Chelsea Bailey carried the defense with 34 digs.
“We started a little slow, but picked it up at the end,” said CFCC Coach Emily Coleman. “I’m proud of their fight and it was a solid first win to build off of.”
Cape Fear completed a straight set 3-0 victory over Guilford Tech to cap the afternoon as Toman and Megan Clausen led the attack with six kills each. Tressa Amico also recorded seven blocks at net and Bailey contributed another strong defensive effort to finish with 22 digs.
“The girls were excited, came out hard and never let up,” Coleman said. “It’s a great first conference win.”
The Sea Devils moved to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league play. Cape Fear returns to the court at the Schwartz Center for a conference match against Lenoir Community College on Wednesday, September 2.