New Hanover soccer blanks Hoggard; CFA, Coastal Christian eliminated in playoffs

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Soccer

New Hanover 1   Hoggard  0

Juan Rosales broke a scoreless game in the 53rd minute off an assist from Jack Kiernan to give New Hanover a 1-0 result over Hoggard on Tuesday.

The Wildcats have won five straight heading into the season finale on Thursday. Photo courtesy- New Hanover Soccer
The Wildcats have won five straight heading into the season finale on Thursday. Photo courtesy- New Hanover Soccer

The win gives the Wildcats its fifth straight victory to improve to 7-4 in conference and 15-7-1 overall. New Hanover has now beaten the top two teams in division in its last two games. Roman Lewis made four saves to preserve the clean sheet.

Hoggard saw their mark in league play drop to 8-3 and 11-6-3 overall.

Both programs wrap up the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 29. New Hanover entertains Topsail. The Vikings take on first-place Ashley.

Ashley 5    Croatan 0

Josh Barnello recorded the hat trick to help guide Ashley to a 5-0 shutout on Tuesday night.

Espin Jennings-Gilbert and Dominic Toone also found the back of the net. The Screaming Eagles moved to 19-1 overall and remain 10-1 in conference.

By virtue of Hoggard’s loss, Ashley clinched the regular season Mideastern Conference Championship.

Topsail 3   West Brunswick 1

NCSIAA 2A Tournament 

No. 3 Asheville Christian Academy 4      No. 6 Cape Fear Academy 2

Cape Fear Academy saw its season come to an end under rainy conditions as the Hurricanes fell 4-2 at Asheville Christian Academy in Quarterfinals of the NCISAA Tournament.

Slated with the six-seed in the 2A bracket, Cape Fear Academy breezed through the opening round with a 4-2 result, but the Hurricanes took the long bus ride to Asheville for Tuesday’s match.

The visitors from Wilmington found themselves behind 3-0 at the half and surrendered a fourth goal before Zach Tomosunas put CFA on the board in the 56th minute. Ford Wright cut the Hurricanes’ deficit to two with 21 minutes left when he found the back of the net.

Al Cavagnaro also made eight saves in goal for Cape Fear Academy, who closed the year at 14-7-2 overall.

No. 4 Caldwell Academy 2    No. 5 Coastal Christian 1

Coastal Christian hung tough during Tuesday’s quarterfinal match with Caldwell Academy, but came up on the wrong end of a 2-1 score as the Centurions saw their season come to a close.

Roy Holdford scored the lone goal off an assist from Matt Ward for Coastal Christian, who finished 16-8-1 overall.