TARBORO — On the strength of four goals in the first half, the Camden girls soccer team took care of higher-seeded Tarboro 7-1 in the second round of the 1A state playoffs on Friday night.
The Lady Bruins (11-3-2), co-champions of the Coastal 10 Conference and the No. 7 seed in the 1A East, got a hat trick of goals from Amanda Gillikin and Lydia Shiel and a 30-yard strike from Caroline Robinson with 16 minutes left to cap off the win.
Tarboro (8-4-1) came in as the East’s No. 2 team and avoided a shutout with a goal two minutes after Robinson’s shot.
“I was not expecting to open the game up like that,” Camden coach Chuck Leslie said. “We came really wanted to play. We opened up passing the ball well and made some good crossing passes. It was very enjoyable to watch the way we started in the first couple of minutes.”
Shiel had all her scores in the first 12 minutes as the Lady Bruins have outscored their opening two playoff foes by a combined 16-1.
Camden will next play the winner of Rosewood and Heide Trask on the road Tuesday.
“This is a very good team (Tarboro) we were playing,” Leslie said. “They are very well coached. For us to get those goals early was a big advantage to us. We were not expecting to come out and take a big lead like that.”
Perquimans 7, Spring Creek 1: The Pirates are headed back to the third round of the 1A state playoffs after having little trouble beating Spring Creek.
North Lenoir 7, Edenton 0: The Aces finished their year at 16-5 after falling at North Lenoir in the second round of the 2A state playoffs on Friday.
Northeastern 3, North Johnston 2: A three-run first inning was enough to stave off a tough challenge from the Lady Panthers in the second round of the 2A state playoffs.
A two-RBI double by Delanie Winslow put the Lady Eagles (16-2) in front for good at 2-1. Shelby Ayers followed with an RBI single.
In the circle, Winslow held firm after North Johnston made it 3-2 with one out in the seventh inning by striking out two of the next three batters.
South Lenoir 7, Currituck 2: The Lady Knights lost on the road in the second round of the 2A state playoffs.