High School Roundup | Edenton Aces earn tie against Riverside Knights in boys soccer

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Edenton-John A. Holmes' Marsel Zidan (17) during the first half of boys soccer match against Riverside, Wednesday.


From staff reports

Thursday, August 30, 2018

EDENTON — The John A. Holmes boys soccer team earned a 0-0 result against Williamston-Riverside Wednesday evening at Purser Soccer Complex.

The Aces (3-2-1) had multiple chances to score in the contest.

Edenton's Marsel Zidan was in the middle of numerous scoring chances for the Aces.

William Whichard, Christian Altamirano and others had scoring opportunities.

“Riverside came in with a 4-0 record and, really, though the game ended in a tie, I felt we had the better of the run of play for most of the eighty minutes. Defensively, we played our system; the kids have learned the system and have internalized our brand of football,” Edenton coach Thomas Di Martino said. “They communicate and identify their marks and recognize runners, and they mark in good position. They're not ball-chasing. They hold shape and cover the center of the pitch. They lock down on throw-ins most of the time. They understand rotation and there's always another layer of defense. We used to have so much trouble with ball-watching but now they play with heads on a swivel and are cognizant of what's developing on the field.”

One of the best scoring chances for Riverside (4-0-1) in the second half was in the 67th minute off of a corner kick.

Edenton begins Albemarle Athletic Conference action Wednesday, Sept. 5 against Camden at Camden Community Park.

Currituck 3, Roanoke Rapids 3: The Knights (1-3-2) secured a tie at home Wednesday evening.

Noah Cutler, Manuel Torrres and Hunter Goins scored for Currituck.

Jadon Melendez and Joshua Reddick were standout defenders, while Cutler — a sophomore — was a standout in the midfield.

Cameron Wilson, Carson Neal and Emerson Escobar scored for Roanoke Rapids (3-0-1).

Currituck travels to Virginia Beach, Virginia to face TEACH Tuesday.

Pasquotank 1, Gates 1: The Panthers (2-0-2) remain unbeaten on the 2018 season with the tie in the non-conference match at home Wednesday evening against Gates (0-3-1).

Pasquotank hosts Perquimans Tuesday.

Manteo 7, Northeastern 0: The Eagles (3-2-0) were held scoreless in the non-conference match at home Wednesday night.

Six different players scored for Manteo (3-1-0) in the win.


Northeastern 5, Lawrence Academy 4: The Lady Eagles (3-0-1) secured the non-conference win at home Wednesday afternoon.

NHS secured wins in singles from No. 4 Brooke Overman (8-2), No. 5 Ellie Hornthanl (8-3) and No. 6 Madeline Twiford (9-7).

“Brooke is playing amazing in the No. 4 spot for us,” Northeastern coach April Turner said. “She keeps calm but goes for her shots and it is working. Excited to watch what she does going into conference play next week.”

Lawrence won singles No. 1 – No. 3.

NHS doubles No. 2 and No. 3 won their matches to clinch the contest.

The No. 2 doubles of Davis Robertson and Jaycie Gregory won 8-2.

“Davis and Jaycie were up 2-1 to begin but still looked a little flat, which was to be expected in the heat,” Turner said. “After a little pep talk and encouragement they definitely stepped up their level of play. Davis made crucial plays at the net while Jaycie had some big serves and defensive shots, all which helped lead them to victory.”

No. 3 doubles of Twiford and Hornthanl won their match 8-1.

“In true Madeline and Ellie fashion, they clinched the match for us,” Turner said. “They make a great doubles team because the pressure of winning doesn’t distract them from the job that needs to be done.”

In exhibition contests against Edenton on Tuesday, Northeastern's singles Rebekah Fernandez (8-6), and doubles Gracie Pierce and Emma Montero (8-5) and Julie Fairweather and Callie Twiford (8-6) won their matches.

John A. Holmes 5, Williamston-Riverside 4: The Lady Aces (2-3-1) defeated the Lady Knights in Williamston Wednesday afternoon.

Edenton's Sydney Morris won her No. 3 singles match against Tara Leggett 8-3.

In No. 5 singles, Edenton's Molly White defeated Kushboo Patel 8-2 and Savannah Ester won her No. 6 singles match for the Lady Aces with an 8-4 result.

The Lady Aces secured the match with wins by No. 2 and No. 3 doubles.

Jessica Copeland and Lilly Boyce defeated Patel and Leggett 8-3 in No. 2 doubles, while White and Lilly Bunch won their No. 3 doubles match 8-2 against Rachel Harris and Sadie Tice.

Edenton hosts Bear Grass Charter Tuesday.


Camden def. Northeastern 25-16, 25-8, 25-10: The Lady Bruins (5-2) finished the week with back-to-back wins following a three-set win at home against NHS (2-5) in a non-conference match Wednesday evening.

Brooke Gurganus led Camden with eight kills, seven assists, five aces, three digs and a block.

Addison Buhl posted five kills, three aces, three digs and two blocks.

Gillian Denney had six kills and three blocks, Carley Blizzard and Mckenzie Underwood posted four digs each, Hannah Daggett had three blocks.

Underwood posted four aces in the win.


NCC meet at First Flight: The Currituck boys and girls cross country teams finished in second place at the Northeastern Coastal Conference meet at First Flight Wednesday afternoon.

First Flight won both the boys and girls meets.

The Nighthawks won the boys meet with 15 points, while Currituck was second with 50 points.

In the girls competition, First Flight posted 18 points, Currituck was second with 37 points and Pasquotank was third with 80 points.

Zach Hughes won the boys meet with a time of 16 minutes, 35 seconds.

First Flight's runners were the first nine runners to cross the finish line.

Currituck's Caleb Price finished 10th, while Adrian Sanchez posted the fasted time for Pasquotank as he finished in 16th place.

Ivan House from Northeastern took 19th place.

Madison Pugh won the girls competition for First Flight with a time of 22:39.

The Lady Nighthawks swept the first four places.

Currituck's Hailee Reinke finished fifth, Jasmine Gorney took sixth place and Jessica Anderson was eighth.

Northeastern's Tara Downey was seventh and teammate Kiara Williams was ninth.

Pasquotank's Jaleia Oatman finished in 19th place for the best finish for the Lady Panthers.