Getting back to the state finals with only two returning starters is a tall feat, but the Hough boys’ soccer team is righting itself after a rough start and making strides.
A big test for the Huskies comes Thursday evening, however.
Hough, the 4A state runner-up last fall, opened the 2018 season with 4-1 losses to soccer powers Myers Park and Asheville. Since then, the Huskies have gone 3-0, with their latest victory being a 2-1 road triumph Wednesday against East Mecklenburg.
On Thursday, Hough travels to Providence, another soccer power. The Panthers are smarting from a 2-1 loss earlier this week to Myers Park, in a match where the Mustangs scored the winning goal on a penalty kick with 90 seconds left.
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In Wednesday’s match, one of Hough’s two returning starters, senior Ryan Cowie, scored a goal. The other goal came from defender Colin Ballew.
East Mecklenburg’s goal came from Luis Alanis.
Sophie Holland (Concord Cannon School golf): Holland’s 35 was the low score as her team beat Charlotte Latin in a match at Raintree Country Club.
Connor McPhilliamy (Charlotte Country Day soccer): McPhilliamy registered a clean sheet, his third shutout of the season in goal, as his team beat Lake Norman Charter 5-0.
Gaston Moise (Monroe Union Academy soccer): Moise’s four goals lifted the Cardinals past Indian Trail Grace Academy 7-0.
Allison Raines (Cherryville volleyball): Raines’ three aces and nine digs helped lift her team to a 3-0 victory over Lawndale Burns.
Berry Academy 5, West Charlotte 0: The Cardinals (1-2) got their first victory of the season, dropping the Lions to 2-2.
Charlotte Country Day 5, Lake Norman Charter 0: Will Martin got the Buccaneers off to a quick start, scoring in the 10th minute, and Country Day rolled. Walker Gillespie scored the second goal, with twin brother Richard scored the Bucs’ third goal (on an assist from Walker). Taylor Lofar and Richard Gillespie finished the scoring. Connor McPhilliamy was in goal for his third shutout of the season.
Concord First Assembly 7, Hickory Grove Christian 1: Garrison Hankinson’s four goals lifted the visitors. Ricky Garcia added a goal and an assist, and Anthony Villataro and Ivan Carchure had single goals.
North Gaston 3, West Mecklenburg 2: North Gaston built a 2-0 halftime lead and held off a Hawks’ comeback. Freshman Luke Wally scored two goals for North Gaston, with Elmer Benavides adding a goal and Nathan Franks notching two assists.
Queens Grant 2, Hopewell 0: Mario Portillo and Jamie Escobar-Membrano scored for the Stallions.
Pembroke Purnell Swett 2, Scotland County 1
Raeford Hoke County 4, Fayetteville Seventy-First 0
Southern Pines Pinecrest 3, Richmond Senior 1: The visiting Raiders led 1-0 in the first half but faltered. They are now 1-1 in the conference. Pinecrest improved to 2-0.
CENTRAL CAROLINA 2A
Central Davidson 3, Thomasville 1
Lexington 2, Winston-Salem Oak Grove 1
North Davidson 6, East Davidson 0
Salisbury 3, West Davidson 1
YADKIN VALLEY 1A
Albemarle 6, Asheboro Uwharrie Charter 1
Misenheimer Gray Stone Day 7, West Montgomery 2: The Knights led 5-1 at the half. Both teams are 1-1 in league play.
North Moore 9, South Davidson 0
Claremont Bunker Hill 3, East Wilkes 0: Logan Yang, Blazen Bumgarner and Ethan Vang got the goals for the Bears.
Concord 9, Mount Pleasant 0: The Spiders improved to 5-0-1 on the season. They’ve outscored opponents 36-4.
East Rutherford 3, East Burke 3: The tie enabled East Burke to remain unbeaten at 5-0-1.
Indian Trail Porter Ridge 5, Marshville Forest Hills 0: The Pirates (6-1) took their sixth straight victory.
Lenoir Hibriten 7, Maiden 1: Kevin Pineda (three goals, one assist) led the Panthers, who are now 4-0-2.
Monroe 10, Anson County 1: This was a 3-1 match at halftime, but the Redhawks blew it open in the final 40 minutes.
Monroe Union Academy 7, Indian Trail Grace Academy 0: Gaston Moise’s four goals lifted the Cardinals. Hayden Brown added two goals and two assists, and goalkeeper Luke Mullen got the shutout.
Mooresboro Thomas Jefferson Academy 4, Mount Holly Mountain Island Charter 1: Trevlyn Riggs scored three goals and assisted on the other for the Gryphons. Goalkeeper Ben Flontek had nine saves in registering the shutout.
Newton-Conover 1, Hickory 0: The Tigers (5-1) handed Hickory (2-1-3) its first loss of the season.
North Lincoln 2, East Gaston 0: Goalkeeper Abraham Segura got his third shutout of the season for the Knights, who scored once in each half.
Northwest Cabarrus 4, West Rowan 2: The visitors built a 3-0 halftime lead and held off a Falcon comeback. Jose Mejia-Osarnio and Alan Muskic scored for West Rowan.
South Iredell 1, Boonville Starmount 0: A late goal lifted the Vikings (4-1-1).
Unionville Piedmont 3, China Grove Carson 1: The host Panthers improved to 4-1-1.
R-S Central 2, West Henderson 2: Juan Escamilla scored for R-S Central, which got its other tally on an own-goal by West Henderson. Braxton Crocker had 12 saves in goal for the Hilltoppers.
West Caldwell 1, Black Mountain Owen 0: The host Warriors improved to 4-2.
West Stanly 3, North Stanly 1
The Community School of Davidson boys and the Concord Cannon School girls were victorious in a five-team meet at Cannon School.
Community School of Davidson edged Cannon in the boys’ race, 42 to 47. Following were Davidson Day (73), Christ the King (102) and Mount Holly Mountain Island Charter (146).
Cannon was the easy winner in the girls’ race with 17 points, to 55 for runner-up Community School of Davidson. Following were Davidson Day (85), Mountain Island Charter (96) and Christ the King (137).
Tanner Metwalli of Cannon School was the boys’ individual winner, with a time of 16:57 over the 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) course. The rest of the top six was Mitchell Zammitti (Davidson Day), 17:45; Grant Thompson (Cannon), 18:40; Ryan Hamilton (Community School of Davidson), 18:46; and Mario Stanisla (Mountain Island Charter), 19:34.
The girls’ winner was Cannon’s Sydney Wood, in 21:22. Other top finishers were Victoria Schneider (Cannon), 21:40; Caroline Livingston (Cannon), 22:19; Amelia Andretti (Cannon), 22:26; Charlotte Ratcliff (Davidson Day), 23:02; and Madeline Sullivan (Community School of Davidson), 23:46.
Girls’ field hockey
Myers Park 2, Providence 0: Megan Frost and Kate Hinshaw scored goals for the Mustangs.
Concord Cannon 112, Charlotte Latin 133: Sophie Holland shot a 35 and Amanda Sambach had a 37 for the Cougars, in this match at Raintree Country Club. Elena Jacoby added a 40 for Cannon School. Alexis Sudjianto’s 36 was low score for Charlotte Latin.
Belmont South Point 5, Rock Hill Northwestern 4: The Trojans won the first two singles matches, but South Point rallied for the overall victory. South Point winners were Anna Spurrier, Holland Leonhardt, Dezi Kauer and Grace Nehring in singles, and the doubles team of Kauer and Nehring.
Marvin Ridge 6, Charlotte Country Day 2: Marvin Ridge winners were Ella Imhof, Avery Sager, Ainsley Zubrinsky and Sophie Imhof in singles, plus the doubles teams of Ella and Sophie Imhof, and Sager and Zubrinsky.
Country Day winners were Linde Fonville in singles, and the doubles team of Fonville and McLean Sadusky. The No. 6 singles match between Sadusky and Marvin Ridge’s Lauren Wilson was suspended by lightning.
Newton Fred T. Foard 6, Hickory 3: Foard took the first three singles matches on route to victory. Foard winners were Alexis Wolgemuth, Claire Boger, Emily Campbell, Hannah Cummings and Maddie Gee in singles, along with the doubles team of Wolgemuth and Campbell.
Hickory winners were Nicole Kozischek in singles, and the doubles teams of Anna Thorne and Mason Paradine, and Kozischek and Kristin Reynolds.
South Iredell 9, Alexander Central 0: Vikings winners were Emily Mattei, Niyati Kandekar, Faith Hettinger, Sruthi Mannepalli, Kaitlyn Crabb and Sydney Sawyer in singles; and the doubles teams of Mattei and Crabb, Hettinger and Mannepalli, and Kandekar and Sawyer. The No. 2 doubles match was close, with Hettinger and Mannepalli edging Alexander Central’s Hannahand Emma Maltba 9-7.
Alexander Central 3, Hickory St. Stephens 1: The host Cougars took the fourth set 25-20, after St. Stephens had narrowed the match by winning the third set. Alexander Central is 2-0 in the conference.
Boone Watauga 3, McDowell 0: The Pioneers won 25-18, 25-13 and 25-13 behind Brooke Byrd’s 12 kills and two aces and Grace Hayes’ 20 assists.
Hickory 3, South Caldwell 0: The Red Tornadoes (5-0, 2-0) won 25-12, 25-11 and 25-15.
Newton Fred T. Foard 3, Claremont Bunker Hill 0: The host Tigers (6-1, 2-0) won 25-15, 25-8 and 25-11. Bunker Hill fell to 4-3, 1-1.
Valdese Draughn 3, Morganton Patton 0: Draughn won 25-19, 26-24 and 25-18, evening its conference record at 1-1.
West Iredell 3, East Burke 1: The Cavaliers took the opening set 25-22, before West Iredell rallied with 25-13, 25-19 and 25-9 victories. Erica Clontz had nine kills for East Burke (4-3, 0-1). West Iredell (3-5 overall) improved to 2-0 in the conference.
Cherryville 3, Lawndale Burns 0: This was a close match, with Cherryville winning 25-21, 25-22 and 25-23. Allison Raines led the victors with three aces and 19 digs.
East Gaston 3, Gastonia Ashbrook 1: Ashbrook opened with a 25-22 victory, but the Warriors rallied 25-20, 25-16 and 25-16.
Gastonia Forestview 3, Belmont South Point 0: The Red Raiders are 8-0 on the season, but the winless (0-7) Jaguars made them work for this victory. South Point prevailed 26-24, 25-14 and 26-24.
Harrisburg Hickory Ridge 3, Northwest Cabarrus 0: Cori Sprinkle had eight kills and Maggie Mullen six aces as the Ragin’ Bulls won 25-11, 25-11 and 25-7.
Monroe Central Academy 3, Monroe Union Academy 2: Central Academy took the last of the five closet sets 17-15.
South Iredell 3, Maiden 2: The visiting Vikings took the fifth set 15-9, improving to 5-1 on the season.
Statesville 3, North Lincoln 0: The host Greyhounds won 25-17, 25-14 and 25-17.
West Lincoln 3, Bessemer City 0: The visitors won 25-18, 25-10 and 25-17.
West Stanly 3, Albemarle 0: The Colts rolled 25-9, 25-10 and 25-11.
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