High School Roundup | Edenton defeats Riverside in boys soccer

High School Roundup


John A. Holmes' Marsel Zidan (17) scored twice against Williamston-Riverside, Monday


From staff reports

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

WILLIAMSTON — The John A. Holmes boys soccer team defeated Riverside 3-1 Monday evening at Riverside High School.

Riverside entered the match with a 5-0-2 record.

Edenton tied the Knights 0-0 nearly two weeks ago.

Edenton moved Isaiah Bembury to outside fullback, which improved the Edenton defense.

In the center of the midfield, the Aces (4-4-1) were able to connect passes and build the offense.

Riverside's cohesive defense had given the Aces trouble in the previous match; but Monday, the Aces were able to break down the Knights backfield with effective use of width.

Edenton’s Jake Bass played beautifully on right wing and sent many dangerous balls into the space before the goal.

Evans Mason, assisted with a delicate incisive diagonal pass from his brother, Wilson, from the left wing, lofted a beautiful 30-yard rainbow that sailed over the keeper and found the inner side netting.

Marsel Zidan functioned often as a distributor, engaging both of Edenton’s central midfielders and the wings.

As Edenton’s width opened the middle, Marsel capitalized twice — once to open the scoring and again late to seal the victory.

“I was deeply gratified by the boys' response to the two very difficult late losses we recently sustained,” Edenton coach Thomas Di Martino said. “Instead of folding under the knuckles, the boys gathered themselves and came out throwing leather, carrying the fight to a worthy opponent, and producing their best work of the season to date.”

Gates 9, Perquimans 1: The Pirates (0-7, 0-1 Albemarle Athletic Conference) scored their first goal of the season in a loss at Gates Monday.

Calvin Moore scored for Perquimans in the conference match.


Northeastern 9, Gates 0: The Lady Eagles (6-1-1) earned the non-conference win at Gates Monday.

Olivia Sanders defeated Keely Wober 6-0, 6-0. Jaycie Gregory bested Faith Martin 6-0, 6-0. Emma Teachy defeated Emma Ward 6-0, 6-0. Brooke Overman topped Alexis Netherly 6-0, 6-0. Ellie Hornthal defeated Stephanie Salter 6-0, 6-0, while Madeline Twiford defeated Emily Payne 6-0, 6-0.

NHS earned wins in doubles from Davis Robertson and Julie Fairweather over Wober and Martin 8-0, Zoe Pureza and Gracie Pierce against Ward and Netherly 8-1 and Chloe Redd and Emma Montero over Salter and Payne 8-3.

Callie Twiford won her exhibition singles match 8-4.

“The girls played great [Monday]. I love being able to get all of my girls play time, especially when they all get to contribute to the team win,” Northeastern coach April Turner said. “My doubles teams looked just as strong as my top 6 singles players.”


Gates def. Pasquotank 25-17, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16: The Lady Panthers lost the non-conference match at home Monday.