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Briefly ... Chapel Hill gets a rematch at Cardinal Gibbons

May 19, 2014 

Chapel Hill gets a rematch at Cardinal Gibbons

Chapel Hill and Cardinal Gibbons, the area’s top two 3A soccer teams all spring, will meet for their third and deciding match at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Raleigh in the third round of the NCHSAA playoffs.

“It’s big,” Chapel Hill coach Ron Benson said. “It’s always big when we play. It seems like it always comes down to the two of us in just about every sport.”

The two Big Eight rivals tied for the conference championship after splitting their regular-season matches, each one winning 1-0 on their home field. Cardinal Gibbons won the Big Eight’s top seed on a post-season coin flip and so gets to host Wednesday’s NCHSAA tournament game in Raleigh.

Cardinal Gibbons (21-1-2 overall) is still undefeated (10-0-2) in its home stadium. The 1-0 decision May 7 on the artificial turf at Gibbons was the only loss this year for Chapel Hill (19-1).

“There were too many good scoring opportunities in the first two games for me to think a third 1-0 game is very likely,” Benson said

Chapel Hill is coming off a 5-0 victory last Saturday over West Carteret. Alex Kimball scored the first of her two goals at 10 minutes into Saturday’s match to lead the Tigers’ scoring. Mia Spencer, Frannie Reuland and Kaitlin Hendershot each added one goal.

Wildcats win another shutout in 4A soccer playoffs

East Chapel Hill blanked Wake Forest Heritage 3-0 last Friday to advance to the third round the NCHSAA 4A soccer playoffs. Emma Daum led the Wildcats with a goal and an assist, while sophomore Brynn Donnelly and ninth-grader Eva Killenberg each scored once. Ninth-grader Kayla Kern was in goal as East’s recorded its third straight shutout in the tournament.

East Chapel Hill (13-4-0) hosted PAC-6 rival Northern Durham (10-8-2) in a third round game Tuesday. See www.nchsaa.org for results.

Nighthawks upset Orange in 3A baseball tournament

Kevin Bell pitched a complete seven innings and helped himself at the plate by going 3-for-4 as Northern Guilford upset Big Eight champion Orange, 4-3, in the NCHSAA 3A baseball playoffs.

Northern Guilford (17-10) had finished in a three-way tie for first place this spring in the Mid-State 3A Conference but then got bumped down to the league’s fourth post-season position after losing in its conference tournament’s first round and seeing unheralded Rockingham win the Mid-State championship.

Orange finished its year at 21-4 after going 14-0 in Big Eight games.

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