Sophomore Ayden Yates got the Lake Norman Charter girls soccer team off to a big start Monday night in a north Mecklenburg showdown with Community School of Davidson.
Yates hat trick helped the host Knights down the Spartans 4-1.
The two schools are coming off big seasons.
Community School of Davidson went 25-2 last spring, falling in a shootout to Raleigh Franklin Academy in the 1A state championship match. That came a year after the Spartans won the 1A state title, beating Franklin Academy.
Lake Norman Charter went 17-6 last season and reached the third round of the 3A state playoffs.
In Mondays match, Yates scored twice in the first half, giving Lake Norman Charter a 2-0 lead. The Spartans narrowed the gap to 2-1 late in the half behind a goal from Darby Bevis, on an assist by Kaitlyn Russell.
But Yates scored again in the second half, and Alex Behnke added a tally on a penalty kick to close the scoring.
Both teams have tough assignments in their next games. Lake Norman Charter hosts 3A power Concord Cox Mill on Wednesday, while Community School of Davidson faces another 3A power, Charlotte Catholic, on Thursday in the Queen City Classic at Charlotte Latin.
Gavin Dunlop (Lancaster Indian Land boys soccer): Dunlop scored a hat trick in just six minutes of the Warriors 9-1 home victory over Camden Military. His first goal, in the 13th minute, gave Indian Land a 2-0 lead. After Camden Military scored, Dunlop notched his second goal in the 18th minute and his third a minute later. He added a second-half goal.
Trinity Gray (Gastonia Hunter Huss girls soccer): Gray, a junior midfielder, scored four times in the Huskies 10-1 victory over Bessemer City.
Eveleen Hahn (Charlotte Catholic girls soccer): Hahn, a junior, scored three goals in the Cougars 5-0 victory over Charlotte Country Day.
Micah Stechmiller (Lake Norman Charter boys lacrosse): Stechmiller, a freshman attacker, continued his early-season surge, scoring four goals and adding three assists in a 20-0 victory over Queens Grant. Stechmiller has 12 goals in three games.
I-Meck 4A: Hough won a league match at Northstone Country Club in Huntersville, with a team score of 148. Trailing were Lake Norman (170), Mooresville (184), Mallard Creek (222) and North Mecklenburg (233). Hopewell only had three golfers and did not have a team score.
Ben Woodruff of Hough had the best nine, shooting a 34. Teammates Thomas Deal and Zack Gilbert each fired 37s. Owen Swavelys 39 led Lake Norman. Mooresvilles top scorer was Hayden Estes, with a 43.
Fort Mill 153, Clover 179: Griffin Tarver fired a 33 in leading the Yellow Jackets. Teammates Cam Cappuzzo, Tyler Patterson and Thomas Blouin each shot a 40 for Fort Mill. Andrew Whites 39 led Clover, and teammate Elliot Zinser added a 40.
Concord Cannon School 11, North Raleigh Christian 4: In a game played Saturday, Cannon got four goals from Connor Hynes and three each from Timmy Jones and Patrick Carlson for a home victory.
Indian Trail Sun Valley 14, Monroe Parkwood 2
Lake Norman Charter 20, Queens Grant 0: The Knights improved to 3-0, getting four goals from Micah Stechmiller and three from A.J. Harris.
Weddington 18, Providence 4
Lancaster Indian Land 9, Camden Military 1: The host Warriors ran their record to 3-0 with this one-sided victory. Gavin Dunlop scored four goals and Payton Arnold added a pair. Buddy Flow made four saves in goal for Indian Land in the first half, and teammate Gabe Burris had three in the second.
Alexander Central 5, Newton Fred T. Foard 4: Carter Patterson (No. 1), Jackson Barr (2), Chandler Davis (3) and Caleb Bolick (5) won singles matches for Alexander Central, as did the doubles team of Barr and Davis. Foard got victories from Luke Fountain (No. 4) and Drew Simmons (6) in singles, along with the doubles teams of Fountain and Eli Matthews, and Matthew Knisley and Andy Pyo.
Salisbury 5, Lexington 4: Roarke Burton and Jander Rodas gave the Hornets victories in No. 1 and 2 singles.
Indian Trail Porter Ridge 11, Providence 7: The Pirates built an 8-3 halftime lead and held off the Panthers.
Alexander Central 5, Catawba Bandys 1: Marissa Brown scored three goals, and teammate Madison Thomas added two for the victors.
Boiling Springs Crest 5, Forest City Chase 0: The Chargers posted a shutout in their opener.
Charlotte Catholic 5, Charlotte Country Day 0: The Cougars improved to 3-0 behind three goals from Eveleen Hahn and two from Lindsey Poff. It was the season opener for Country Day.
Concord 5, China Grove Jesse Carson 3: Lani Isley scored twice for Carson.
Gastonia Hunter Huss 10, Bessemer City 1: Trinity Gray scored four goals and Vanessa Garcia added three for the Huskies.
Kings Mountain 3, Lenoir Hibriten 1: The Mountaineers won behind goals from Summer Campbell, Sarah Drennan and Lindsay Deaver.
Lancaster Indian Land 3, Swansea 2: Emily Gerdes goal in the 29th minute was the winning tally for the Warriors. All the scoring came in the first half, with Brianna Bishop and Kailee Erwin also tallying for Indian Land.
Mallard Creek 9, Berry Academy 0: The Mavericks (2-0) built a 6-0 halftime lead and coasted.
Northwest Cabarrus 9, West Rowan 0
Salisbury 5, Lexington 0: Julia Huneycutt scored three times for the Hornets.
Unionville Piedmont 5, Monroe Central Academy 3
Cramerton Stuart Cramer 3, Kings Mountain 2: Tiara Davis RBI single in the bottom of the seventh drove home the winning run.
Marshville Forest Hills 14-16, Monroe Central Academy 3-5: The Yellow Jackets opened their season with a doubleheader sweep of their Rocky River 2A opponents.
Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson Academy 4, Gastonia Highland Tech 0
Morganton Freedom 8, Boone Watauga 0: The visiting Patriots captured a Northwestern 3A-4A victory as Elle Tanner pitched a two-hitter and struck out 11. Myra Twitty had two hits, scored two runs, drove in four runs, and stole two bases. Jade Lipsey and Morgan Maynor each added two hits.
North Mecklenburg 20, East Mecklenburg 0: The Vikings scored five times in the first inning, seven more in the second, and eight in the third.
South Rowan 7, Albemarle 2: Pitcher Morgan Brown tossed a complete-game victory.
West Rowan 9, Concord 2: Lauren Coughemours three hits led the victors.
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