Prep Roundup: Improved Colts end season with loss to Wayne Christian
The Crossroads Christian varsity boys soccer team’s season ended Tuesday with a 2-1 loss to Wayne Christian in the Carolina Christian Conference Tournament.
The loss didn’t overshadow a competitive campaign for the Colts, who finished with three wins. The program had only two combined wins in the previous two seasons.
“It was definitely a much more competitive season,” said Crossroads head coach Joshua Bogle. “Our passing was 1,000 percent better than last year. We improved drastically. We’re definitely going in the right direction.”
Holden Hedgepeth leveled Tuesday’s match midway through the second half on a breakaway, but Wayne Christian netted the winner with about five minutes to play.
“One of those goals we just weren’t expecting to go in,” Bogle said of the winner. “It just kind of happened to go in.”
Crossroads was the eight seed and Wayne the nine, but each team knew going in it wouldn’t advance to face top-seeded Grace Christian of Sanford.
The play-in game between Crossroads and Wayne was moved from Monday due to a rain-soaked field, creating a schedule dilemma for the conference that resulted in Crossroads and Wayne agreeing to forfeit to Grace in the quarterfinals. That quarterfinal match was originally scheduled for Tuesday with the semifinals slated for Thursday.
The Colts fell 4-3 to Wayne in the regular season.
“They were both really good games,” said Bogle. “Evenly-matched teams, probably some of the best soccer we’ve ever played as far as passing and working the ball around. Not just kickball.”
Crossroads ended the season with 15 players on its roster, an all-time high for the program.
The Colts will lose four seniors including Hedgpeth, who earned second-team all-conference honors after leading the team in scoring.
Reid Sudheimer, Ben Paul and Blake Miesnere will also graduate.
“We’re looking good,” Bogle said of the program. “We’re moving down the right road as long as we keep going in this direction.”
Spartan soccer team finishing strong
Kerr-Vance’s varsity soccer team defeated Grace Christian 2-1 in Raleigh Tuesday, avenging a loss at home earlier in the season.
“This has been a long-time coming,” Spartans’ head coach Devon Honeywell. “We stayed focused today.”
The Spartans scored first after an early-match struggle with Drew Griggs chipping a shot over the goalie’s head about 30 minutes into the game.
Grace answered just a few minutes later, knotting the score at 1 at the end of the first half.
The teams had early second-half chances but no one converted again until the 60-minute mark of the game.
Juan Lopez made a nice cross to Sam Fuquay, who headed the ball in for the winning goal.
“This was a true team effort,” Honeywell said. “We had played well in the last few games bug simple errors cost us.”
“Today, we stood up and were counted,” Honeywell added. “This bodes well for a young varsity team. We started slow but are finishing strong.”
The Spartans return to action Thursday evening for Senior Night against St. David’s.
KVA shuts out Grace in varsity tennis
Kerr-Vance defeated Grace Christian of Raleigh Tuesday 9-0 to improve to 12-6 overall and 5-6 in the Eastern Plains Independent Conference.
The Spartans host St. David’s Thursday in their final conference match.
KVA 9, GRACE OF RALEIGH 0
No. 1 — KVA’s Price Wester def. Grayson Vick 6-4, 6-2.
No. 2 — KVA’s Cassidy Tucker def. Kim Sero 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 — KVA’s Claire Freeman def. Victoria Kent 6-1, 6-1.
No. 4 — KVA’s Macy Lee Johnson def. Mary Mac Harrison 6-0, 6-1.
No. 5 — KVA’s Betsy Murphy def. Lauren Roper 6-1, 6-3.
No. 6 — KVA’s Maggie Thompson Chris Sero 6-0, 6-1.
No. 1 — KVA’s Wester and Freeman def. Vick and K. Sero 8-2.
No. 2 — KVA’s Tucker and Johnson def. C. Sero and Shannon Still 8-2.
No. 3 — KVA’s Mills and Katie Steg def. Lauren Roper and Mikayla Nobles 8-2.
Northern blanked by Orange
The Northern Vance varsity soccer team lost 3-0 to Orange Tuesday after trailing 2-0 at halftime.
Northern hosts Cardinal Gibbons Wednesday.
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