Hoggard, Laney soccer remain atop division after draw; Ashley, Cape Fear Academy grab conference results

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After 100 minutes of soccer at Scott Braswell Stadium on Tuesday night, not much was decided among Mideastern Conference leaders as Hoggard and Laney played to a scoreless draw in a match between the top sides in the division.

“The last time we played here the result was not too good,” said Laney Coach Dustin Bienias. “I’m real proud of the girls tonight for their effort and look to continue that next time out because nothing is guaranteed.”

Hannah Wagner. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams
Hannah Wagner. Photos courtesy- Rodney Williams

The familiar foes, each ranked among the top 10 4A schools in the state, according to Maxpreps.com, were back-and-forth throughout much of the contest. There were limited opportunities until extra time, but college-bound goalkeepers Sydney Young and Hannah Wagner were up to task between the posts.

Once regulation expired, two 10-minute overtime periods were added to the game and Young made a pair of key stops during the first additional frame to preserve the clean sheet. Wagner responded in the 88th minute when the senior net minder made a big save off a blast from UNC-Greensboro commit Anna Rae Porcelli, who fired from just outside the top of the 18-yard box.

The match was so even the Vikings and Bucs also had to deal with a pair of injuries to one of their star players. Emma Haywood left midway through the opening half and did not return, while Baley Edwards returned to the match after receiving attention from training staff.

“Losing Emma for what could be the year is really tough,” said Hoggard Coach Justin Schatz. “I really feel bad for her. She’s a Division I soccer player and it’s her senior year. It’s nearly impossible to replace her, but that’s why we train 26 players and somebody’s going to need to step up.

Each side had three corner kicks apiece, while Young had five saves in the shutout. Alex Butorovich nearly found back of the net twice on set pieces for Laney, while Edwards slid a low strike just off the mark with two minutes left in the second half.

Hoggard set the tone early and nearly went ahead in the third minute with Young pulled off her mark, but the attempt by Siara Southerland sailed right of frame. After an offside call negated a Jessica Bennion header, which would have given the Vikings the lead, Southerland found Mary Ormsby on a pass across the penalty area as the shot was deflected away from goal.

Baley Edwards, front and Rebekah Fry battle for possession.
Baley Edwards, front and Rebekah Fry battle for possession.

“Sydney played a great game for them and definitely kept them in it,” Schatz added. “Laney is a great team, but we’re pretty good, too and we just need to put away our chances.”

Laney freshmen Sabine Felix and Parker Ormsby were strong in the back alongside Sallie Riggan and Briley Eason. Rebekah Fry, Tara Porteat and Sara Grace Guthrie answered the call for Hoggard on the defense.

The Bucs moved to 4-0-1 in conference and 9-1-2 overall. Hoggard is now 3-0-1 in the division and 7-1-4 on the year. Both teams get back on the pitch later this week.

Ashley 7    West Brunswick 1

 Carly Higgins scored four times on Tuesday night to lead the Ashley attack in a 7-1 result against West Brunswick.

Lindsey William, Haven Lewis and Morgan Carpenter added scores for the Screaming Eagles, who remain in the hunt with a 3-1 mark in conference, 6-3-1 on the year. 

New Hanover 2   JH Rose 2

Abbey Campbell and Liza McLatchy scored for the Wildcats in a 2-2 draw against JH Rose. Taylor Dodd and Sally Sloan recorded assists, while Emily Leister had four saves. New Hanover is now 2-8-2 overall.

Topsail 5    South Brunswick 1

Carmen Pyrtle and Jamie Keisman each tallied twice as Topsail cruised to a 5-1 victory over South Brunswick.

Elizabeth Canfield also added one score and Hayley Childress made six saves in goal. The Pirates improved to 6-4-2 overall.

Cape Fear Academy 2   Coastal Christian 1

Lillian Quinn put Coastal Christian ahead in the 50th minute, but Cape Fear Academy evened the match late in the second half and Delany Mitchell tallied the game-winner on a penalty kick during extra time to give the Hurricanes a 2-1 result on Tuesday night.

Mitchell found the back of the net with less than 90 seconds remaining in overtime, while Mitchell recording three saves in goal.

Trailing by one after the score by Quinn early in the second half, Annie Kane found the equalizer for Cape Fear Academy in the 75th minute. Sallie Newton kept the Centurions in the contest with seven saves.

Cape Fear Academy improved to 1-0 in conference and 2-4-2 overall.