Hough’s soccer turnaround leads to playoffs

CORNELIUS – The Hough High boys’ soccer team sure looks a lot different than it did in August.

The Huskies opened the N.C. 4A playoffs with two shutout victories, beating Winston-Salem Glenn 3-0 (Oct. 30) and Reagan 1-0 (Nov. 2). Hough was scheduled to play a third-round playoff at home against Northwest Guilford on Nov. 6.

The Huskies opened the season with three straight losses by a combined 17-5 score. Injuries were a factor, but coach David Smith juggled the lineup and Hough responded. Its record is 20-5, which included a 14-0 performance en route to winning the MECKA 4A conference championship.

“We’re a lot more solid defensively,” Smith said. “We struggled last year out of the gate. On the bus ride back from Providence (after falling to 0-3), we knew we had Lake Norman the next night. We told them it was a huge opportunity for us to get going.”

Hough went on an 11-game winning streak and has currently won seven in row.

“Our mindset is we defend first,” Smith said. “With our speed, we can get forward. We’re going to create chances. … We can counter attack with anybody.”

The midfield includes steady play from Blake Marin, Clay Kennedy, Brad Waite and Sam Tendler. Hough also has excellent strikers in Michael Basnett and C.J. Bradley, who each have more than 25 goals.

 

Knights win in soccer state playoffs

HUNTERSVILLE – Lake Norman Charter beat Surrey Central 1-0 in the second round of the N.C. 2A soccer playoffs Nov. 2. The Knights’ goal was by Stephen Behnke in the first (of two) overtimes. Christian Hall earned the shutout in net for Lake Norman Charter, which improved to 14-6-2.

 “The goal was scored in the first overtime on a throw-in,” Charter coach Justin Valentoi said. “Both teams played hard and physical, and had many opportunities during regulation. The Knights where able to capitalize on an opportunity on a set play in overtime.”

In the first round of the playoffs, Lake Norman Charter beat R-S Central 3-1 on Woodson Brooks’ three goals Oct. 30. Lake Norman Charter was scheduled to host Lincolnton in a third-round playoff match Nov. 6.

 

Spartans rolling in the state soccer playoffs

DAVIDSON – The Community School of Davidson boys’ soccer team won its first two games in the N.C. 1A playoffs.

The Spartans beat Avery County 5-0 in the second round on Nov. 2. Adam Cosgrove and Francisco Prado scored two goals each, and Jason Coggins scored one for Community School of Davidson. Goalkeeper Cole Ban made six saves for the shutout. 
Community School of Davidson beat Starmount 3-2 in double overtime in the first round Oct. 30. Jason Coggins, Dylan Timoney and Prado scored goals for the Spartans. Cosgrove had two assists and Kevin Yascur added an assist. Ban made seven saves in net.

Community School of Davidson was scheduled to play its third-round game at Thomas Jefferson Academy on Nov. 6. The teams are both in the Southern Piedmont 1A conference and split two conference games by identical 2-1 scores during the regular season.

 

Quick exits in soccer playoffs

HUNTERSVILLE – North Mecklenburg and Hopewell high schools were eliminated from the N.C. 4A boys’ soccer playoffs with first-round losses Oct. 30.

North Mecklenburg, seeded 19th (among 32 West teams) lost 1-0 to Greensboro Page, the No. 14 seed. The Vikings finished 12-8-4. Hopewell, the No. 15 seed, was trounced 10-1 by Ardrey Kell (the 18th seed). The Titans finished with a 9-12-1 record.

 

Davidson’s football struggles continue

DAVIDSON – Mercer was dominant running the football and scored three touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away from Davidson College in a 51-26 victory in Pioneer Football League action Nov. 2 in Richardson Stadium.

A six-yard touchdown run by quarterback Jonathan Carkhuff pulled Davidson (0-9. 0-6 PFL) within 10 points late in the third quarter, but JaTarri Donald rushed for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and scored again on a 51-yard pass play for a 44-20 Mercer (8-1, 4-1 PFL) advantage that would not be relinquished.

Davidson’s Carkhuff and sophomore receiver William Morris both achieved career milestones in the third quarter. Carkhuff made his 1,000th completion a spectacular one, as he found Morris on a 53-yard pass. The play also put Morris over 1,000 yards receiving.

 

Former Eagle earns college honor

HUNTERSVILLE – Catherine Wolter, a SouthLake Christian Academy graduate, was named the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference volleyball player of the week. She’s a senior at Asbury University, an NAIA school in Wilmore, Ky.

Wolter helped the Eagles go 2-0 by slamming 10 kills in a victory against Midway and 13 kills in a win against Indiana-Kokomo. She had a .488 attack percentage for the week. Asbury secured a spot in the national tournament and improved to 31-7.

 

Davidson wrestling wins opener

DAVIDSON – Anthony Elias and Scott Patrick won by pin, and Nick Pappayliou earned a major decision to lead Davidson College’s wrestling team to a season-opening victory against Belmont Abbey on Nov. 4.