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4A playoffs

No. 18 Sanderson 2    No. 2 Ashley1

Ashley suffered a season-ending setback in the second round of the 4A playoffs following a 2-1 defeat against No. 18 Sanderson.

Nathaniel Lorenz.
Nathaniel Lorenz.

The Screaming Eagles had a two-seed in the 32-team bracket and closed the year 20-2-1 overall as the 2015 Mideastern Conference Champions.

Dominic Toone found the equalizer 30 seconds after Sanderson got on the board in the 22nd minute, but Scott Spickard’s header off a free kick from Temple Siar proved to be the game-winner midway through the second half.


No. 8 Laney 1    No. 9 Green Hope 0

The Bucs continued its late season success over the weekend as No. 8 Laney blanked No. 9 Green Hope 1-0 to advance in the 4A playoffs.

Tristan Nelson scored the lone goal in the eighth minute for the Bucs, who moved to 17-3-3 overall.

Laney takes a seven-game winning streak into the third round of the tournament against top-seeded Apex on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

No. 20 Hoggard 5     No. 4 Clayton 2

Jared Robertson and Cesar Cruz each scored two goals in the first half as No. 20 Hoggard grabbed its second straight road result following a 5-2 victory over No. 4 Clayton.

Hoggard kept their season alive with an impressive win over the weekend. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Hoggard kept their season alive with an impressive win over the weekend. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams

Robertson put the visitors on the board four minutes into the match off an assist from Sawyer Royal and made it 3-0 later in the first half on a penalty kick. Cruz scored both goals unassisted and Cadman Styers closed the scoring in the 70th minute.

Hoggard improved to 13-6-4 and face the winner of No. 5 Leesville Road/No. 12 Broughton in the third round of the 4A tournament.

No. 23 New Hanover 4     No. 7 Rose 0

No. 23 New Hanover used a pair of goals by Moss Lewis to grab a 4-0 shutout over No. 7 Rose on Saturday.

The Wildcats moved to 18-5-1 overall as New Hanover became the third Wilmington school to advance in the 4A playoffs. Jack Kiernan and Jack Cunius also found the back of the net, while Shaffer Lisle and John Evans each had an assist.

Roman Lewis had two saves to preserve the clean sheet. New Hanover travels to No. 18 Sanderson in the third round of the tournament.


2A tournament

No. 29 Croatan 3    No. 13 North Brunswick 2

No. 13 North Brunswick was eliminated from the 2A tournament following a 3-2 season-ending setback to No. 29 Croatan on Saturday.

The Scorpions closed the year 13-8-2 overall and finished 0-2-1 against Croatan.