Laney 2 Swansboro 2
After a scoreless first half the Laney soccer team used two goals after the break by Tristan Nelson to grab the advantage, but a feisty Swansboro squad found the scoring sheet and notched the equalizer with under four minutes to go to finish level 2-2 on Thursday night.
Simon Daughtry sent in a service for a Nelson header early in the second half to put the home side in front and David Dailey assisted his classmate minutes later for the 2-0 lead.
Up next for the Bucs is a rematch from last year’s 4A East Regional as Laney opens conference play against New Hanover on Tuesday, Sept. 13.
Hoggard 5 Jack Britt 0
Senior captain Eric Elsaesser finished a header in the first half to give Hoggard a one goal advantage and the Vikings added to their cushion late in a 5-o shutout at Scott Braswell Stadium.
Cesar Cruz tallied twice, while Andrew Robinson and Luke Benecki each found the back of the net.
Hoggard moved to 5-1 overall and remain at 1-0 in conference.
Cape Fear Academy 9 Harrells Christian 0
Cape Fear Academy continued its domination over conference opponents following a 9-nil result against Harrells Christian. Nine different players found the scoring sheet for the Hurricanes, who improved to 2-0 in league play and 8-2 overall.
Coastal Christian 2 Ravenscroft 2 (OT)
Coastal Christian opened a weekend tournament with a 5-4 advantage in penalty kicks after playing to a 2-2 draw through a pair of overtimes against Ravenscroft.
Douglas McKinney and Walker Henderson both found the back of the net in the opening half as Coastal Christian grabbed a 2-0 lead at the break before Ravenscroft found the equalizer in the 77th minute to force the extra session.
McKinney put the Centurions on the board off an assist from Hunter Mintz just six minutes into the match and Henderson tallied from the penalty spot midway through the first period.
Topsail 6 Trask 1
Whiteville 1 West Brunswick 0
Hoggard 3 Ashley 2
Hoggard was pushed to the limit at Ashley on Thursday night, but the Vikings prevailed in the fifth set, 16-14, to remain unbeaten in league play this season. Madie Schider recorded 16 digs for Hoggard, while Kirby Smith smashed 16 kills. Samantha Shuffler and Camille Whitlock combined for 25 assists at setter.
Topsail 3 New Hanover 2
(25-16, 25-17, 15-25, 14-25, 15-13)
After jumping out to a two games-to-none cushion, Topsail held off a momentum swing as the Pirates extinguished New Hanover 15-13 in the decisive fifth to grab a 3-2 win in Hampstead.
Victoria Elder had 10 kills on the attack for Topsail, while Kaylee Kyle recorded 18 assists. Angelica Biele and Selena Biele also combined for 21 kills and 26 digs in the all-around effort.
Topsail picked up back-to-back wins this week to move to 2-2 in conference and 6-3 overall. New Hanover dropped its second match in three days falling to 1-2 in the division and 5-2 on the year.
Topsail stats: Kaylee Kyle five aces, eight points, two kills, 18 assists, two digs; Azia Anderson one ace, nine points, two kills, 10 digs; Victora Elder two pts, 10 kills, three blocks, three digs; Angelica Biele two aces, eight points, 12 kills, 11 assists, 14 digs, one block; Selena Biele five aces, 10 points, nine kills, 12 digs
Laney 3 West Brunswick 0
(25-18, 25-17, 27-25)
The Bucs continued its run through the early season conference schedule with a straight set 3-0 sweep against West Brunswick in Shallotte.
Anna Morgan paced the attack with 12 kills and served three aces. Meredith Pooley played solid defense with 19 digs and Alex Erling proved vital in the passing game with 24 assists.
Laney improved to 6-1 overall and 3-1 in league play.
Laney stats: Sarah Shropshire: Aces (three), Kills (eight) Digs (seven); Hannah Manning: Kills (one), Digs (two); Savannah Kirchoff: Digs (two); Alanne Francis: Digs (seven); Anna Morgan: Aces (three), Kills (12), Digs (four); Meredith Pooley: Aces (two), Assists (three), Digs (19); Ashlynn Willoughby: Aces (two), Kills (two), Digs (one); Gabby Dinh: Digs (two); Daylene Thompson: Kills (five), Blocks (two); Alex Erling: Aces (one), Kills (two), Assists (24), Digs (eight); Hannah Everhart: Assists (nine), Digs (three).
Wilmington Christian 3 Berean Baptist 0
North Brunswick 3 South Brunswick 2
(7-25, 25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 15-10)
Kaylee Scoggins had 16 kills and 20 digs, while Aliah Johnson recorded 23 assists to pace North Brunswick in a 3-2 victory against South Brunswick.
North stats: Kaylee Scoggins, 16 kills, one assist, one solo block, and 20 digs.; Aliah Johnson one ace, one kill, 23 assists, two block assists, and 18 digs; Courtney Sturtz two aces, one assist, one block assist, and 10 digs; Unique Hines two aces, three kills, one solo block, and 18 digs.; Alleigh Himes two aces, five kills, and 12 digs; Bailey Evans four kills, two solo blocks, three block assists, and two digs; Keyana Yeoman seven digs.
Topsail 8 West Brunswick 1
Singles: No. 1 Caroline Harris (T) def. Olivia Rutter. (WB) 6-0 6-0; No. 2 Sierra Dougherty (T) def. McKenzie Winberg (WB) 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 Kinsley Beverage (T) def. Emily Long. (WB) 6-0 6-1; No. 4 Kasey Pfaff (T) def. Rylee Jones. (WB) 5-7, 6-2 (11-9); No. 5 Chely Pritt (T) def. Catherine Cheatem (WB) 2-6. 7-5(. 11-9); No. 6 Anna Duckworth (T) def. Madison Ward (WB) 6-4 6-1
Doubles: No. 1 Harris/Dougherty (T) def. Rutter/Winberg (WB) 8-0; No. 2 Beverage/ Pfaff (T) def. Jones/Bianca Desimone (WB) 8-5; No. 3 Logan Locklear/ Jaida Allen (WB) def. Pritt/ Duckworth (T) 8-4.