High School Soccer:
Published: Oct 20, 2012 07:00 PM
Modified: Oct 22, 2012 10:34 AM
Chapel Hill has moved into the News & Observer’s Top 10 ranking of area soccer teams after winning its fifth straight match last week.
The Tigers walloped Oxford Webb on back to back nights — 9-0 at home Wednesday and then 5-0 at Oxford in a Thursday makeup of a previous rainout. Those wins improved Chapel Hill’s record to 17-5-0 overall and 7-1-0 in Carolina 3A Conference games. Webb fell to 3-11-0, 3-5-0.
At No. 13 in the eurosportsscoreboard.com 3A rankings, the Tigers moved up last week from No. 11 to No. 9 in the N&O’s rankings of all classifications in the Triangle. Chapel Hill has won 12 of its last 13 games, seven by shutout.
Chapel Hill’s lone loss in that stretch came in a 2-0 match Oct. 9 against No. 5 Cardinal Gibbons (12-4-3, 8-0-0) — the only 3A team to beat CHHS this season. The two teams meet again Wednesday in Raleigh in the regular-season finale for both teams.
“We’ve been pointing to this (Gibbons) match for a while,” Chapel Hill coach Ron Benson said. “Win this one and we’re co-champions in the conference and get to host at least one game in the playoffs. We feel good about it. We’ve been playing well lately and think we’ve got good chance.”
Chapel Hill used last week’s lopsided matches as an opportunity to let starters try different positions and to get reserves plenty of playing experience. Justus Heizer, usually the CHHS goalkeeper, led the scoring Wednesday with two goals. Nick Stefanadis supplied three assists, while Cole Shoup, Connor Albrecht, Alex Walker, Brady Strine, Matej Vidic, John Walden and Stefan Steiner all scored one goal. Brandon Walker recorded a shutout with two saves in goal. Ben Fisher, Jackson Wright, Nate Hebert and Strine each notched an assist.
Thursday in Oxford, CHHS outshot Webb 18-4 and scored all five of its goals in the first half, with Albrecht, Fisher, Vidic, Hebert and Chris Greaney each getting one goal apiece. Heizer needed just one save to preserve the Tigers’ third straight shutout.East Chapel Hill closes in on PAC-6 championship
East Chapel Hill got a hammer lock on the PAC-6 championship last week with wins on consecutive nights against Northern Durham and Southern Durham. The Wildcats played it dangerously close to the vest in winning 1-0 Wednesday against the Knights and then blew out Southern 9-2 on Thursday.
East is No. 3 among the state’s 4A teams in the eurosportscoreboard.com rankings and No. 3 among all area teams in the News & Observer’s weekly rankings.
Northern fell to 8-10 overall (5-3 PAC)with its loss, while Southern slumped to 5-10 (1-7).
East took sole possession of first place on the PAC-6 with a 1-0 win Oct. 11 over then-co-leader Durham Jordan. That left the Wildcats as the only PAC-6 team without a loss in conference play.
East Chapel Hill’s title won’t be official until it records its finishes against Riverside and winless Person, two lower-division teams in the PAC-6. But even if the Wildcats (12-1-2 overall, 7-0-1 PAC)) were to lose one match, they’d still have the tie-breaker for first by virtue of their win and tie against Jordan (14-4-3 overall, 7-1-1 PAC).Carrboro still in pursuit of Carolina 2A top seed
Carrboro easily won two matches last week to set up a decisive showdown with Durham School of the Arts. The Jaguars blew out Granville Central High School 9-0 on Tuesday and then won 7-1 Thursday at Cedar Ridge.
Carrboro closes its regular season with three games this week, beginning with a 6:15 p.m. match Monday at Durham School Of Arts. The jaguars host Cedar Ridge Wednesday at 7 p.m. and then play a crucial match at 7 p.m. Thursday at Northwood.
Carrboro (10-6-3 overall, 8-3-1 Carolina-12 Conference) remains a half-game behind DSA (11-3-1, 9-3-1) and Northwood (11-6-2, 9-3-0) in the league standings, but the Jaguars are still the only 2A team in the Carolina-12 without a loss to another 2A conference member. Northwood beat DSA and Carrboro beat Northwood earlier this season. Carrboro and DSA tied 4-4 in their first meeting.
NCHSAA tournament seeds are determined by a team’s performance against other teams in its classification. The Carolina-12 is a combined 1A-2A conference, and league leader N.C. Science & Math (14-0-0, 13-0-0) is a 1A school.