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September 27, 2013 

Tanner Watson (11) of Carrboro works to get the ball away from a Cardinal Gibbons player as Jaguar goalkeeper Brianna Merrigan keeps an eye on the action. The Jaguars shut out Cardinal Gibbons 6-0 in Wednesday’s match at Carrboro.

TED SPAULDING — newsobserver.com

Chapel Hill wins eighth straight in soccer

Chapel Hill High School continued its winning streak in Big-8 soccer last week with a 7-0 win at Northern Vance.

Luke Ciocca recorded a hat trick with three goals and Connor Albrecht added two as the Tigers improved to 12-1-1 overall and 6-0 in conference games.

Nate Hebert added a goal and an assist for CHHS, while Jacobs Owens had one goal. Chandler Weedon and Alex Walker each assisted on one goal.

Chapel Hill out-shot Northern Vance (4-8-1, 1-4-0) by a 37-7 margin, limiting the goalies' chances. Justus Heizer ended up with two saves and Brandon Walker with one.

The win came one night after CHHS pounded Southern Durham 5-0. Ben Fisher, with two goals, led the scoring in that match, while Chris Greaney, Mateo Ortez and Alex Walker each had one goal. John Walden had one assist.

Chapel Hill will take an eight-game winning streak into Monday's Carolina-8 showdown with Cardinal Gibbons (8-3-1, 6-0-0). The rivals pair off at 6:45 p.m. at Tiger Soccer Field.

In other matches last week, Carrboro (6-4-2) got above .500 with two wins — 1-0 at Jordan-Matthews on Monday and 4-1 at Graham on Wednesday. East Chapel Hill saw its record level out at 3-3-3 with a 1-0 loss at Northern Durham.

Carrboro takes win streak into rematch with East

Carrboro High's field hockey team will carry a 10-4 record into its rematch at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday with defending state champion East Chapel Hill. Carrboro won 2-1 in overtime at East on Sept. 19, and then won games last week against Ravenscroft and Cardinal Gibbons.

On Tuesday, Carrboro beat Cardinal Gibbons 6-0, getting two goals each from Katie Wilson and Lily Merrigan. Alex Grant and Tanner Watson also scored for the Jaguars.

On Wednesday at Ravenscroft, the teams played to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtimes, thanks in large part to stellar goaltending by senior Bri Merrigan. In the penalty strokes shootout, Carrboro got goals from Katie Wilson, Tanner Watson and Maddie Smith, while Merrigan stopped three Ravenscroft strokes to seal the 3-2 victory.

East Chapel Hill bounced back last week with a 3-0 shutout of Durham Jordan. Elianna Goldstein scored in the first half off an assist by Sarah Towne. Marissa Creatore notched two goals five minutes apart in the second half, getting assists from Maddie Futch and Caroline Kolk.

Heels move up game time for baseball exhibition

North Carolina's exhibition baseball game against the Ontario Blue Jays will begin at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. The game, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., is open to the public and admission is free. The Blue Jays are an 18-and-under team from Toronto that competes in the Premier Baseball League of Ontario.

300 East Main Street wins Co-Rec regular season

The 300 East Main Street team finally lost a game in Carrboro Co-Rec play earlier this month but still easily clinched first place in the softball league's upcoming championship tournament.

Play in the double-elimination event begins Tuesday, with the No. 2 seeded Ghost Riders (7-5) meeting No. 3 Bread & Butter (5-7) at 6:45 p.m. in Anderson Park. No. 4 seeded Fightin' Squids (5-7) plays Steamrollers (2-10) at 7:55 p.m., and the winner of that game faces 300 East Main (11-1) at 9:05 p.m.

Ghost Riders has the only team to beat 300 East Main this season, getting an 8-1 win on Sept. 19.

The tournament continues Thursday with three more games and is scheduled to conclude Oct. 10.

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