BARCO — In the first of two Northeastern Coastal Conference matchup between rivals First Flight and Currituck, every detail mattered.

First Flight would take advantage of its scoring opportunities as the Nighthawks secured a 2-0 victory Monday at Currituck County High School.

Both teams entered the match undefeated in league play.

First Flight (9-3, 4-0 NCC) was able to get the first goal around the 25th minute from Dean Torchia, who was able to get the ball past Currituck goalkeeper Connor Goins.

A few minutes later, the Knights had their best chances of the match.

Currituck forward Ryan Vankirk was able to get past the First Flight defense twice.

His best chance was around the 34th minute when on a breakaway and inside the 18-yard box, his shot attempt hit the crossbar and remained out of the net.

First Flight took a one-goal advantage into halftime.

The Nighthawks added its second goal around the 70th minutes on a play where Currituck (7-2-4, 3-1 NCC) failed to clear the ball from its end as First Flight's Dominic Marino was able to take advantage and scored to increase the Nighthawk lead to 2-0.

With the win, First Flight obtained sole possession of first place in the conference.

Both teams will clash for a second and final time in the regular season on Oct. 30 at First Flight.

The match is the regular-season finale for both clubs.

Malcolm Shields

John A. Holmes 3, Perquimans 1: The Aces (9-5-1, 2-2 Albemarle Athletic Conference) earned the league win against the Pirates (4-9, 1-3 AAC) Monday night at Purser Soccer Complex in Edenton.

Camden 6, Gates 0: The Bruins (8-2-3, 4-0 AAC) defeated the Red Barons (2-10, 0-4 AAC) at Gates County High School Monday night.

Noah Kelly led Camden with two goals with an assist, Nate Graham scored two goals, Max Hosfeld scored a goal, Spencer Middleton scored a goal with two assists, while Tanner Pippen had an assist in the victory.

Camden goalkeepers Hunter Hopson (one save) and Luke Wiseman (two saves) combined for the shutout win.

Camden, which is currently in first pace in the conference, hosts John A. Holmes at Camden Community Park today.


The Albemarle School cross country teams secured league championships at the Tarheel Independent Conference championship meet at Lawrence Academy Monday.

In the girls' meet, Albemarle School's Katie Hansen won the girls' championship with a time of 21 minutes, three seconds, while teammates Dharma Howell took third and Haven Bockelman was eighth in the 15 athlete field.

Albemarle School posted 11 points, Ridgecroft School was second with 16 points and Lawrence Academy was third with 19 points.

Albemarle School's Donovan Sherlock posted a time of 18:48 to win the boys' conference championship.

He was followed by teammates Trent Sawyer's second-place time and Logan Dunn's third place finish.

Steven Shown (eighth place) was the fourth athlete from Albemarle School to place in the top 10 in the race that featured 25 competitors.

The Colts scored six team points for the championship. Pungo Christian was second with 15 points, Ridgecroft School was third with 28 points and Lawrence Academy was fourth with 52 points.

Up next is the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 1A state championship meets at McAlpine Park in Charlotte on Oct. 25.


Currituck def. Landstown (Va.) 25-10, 14-25, 29-27, 25-16: Currituck (17-7) secured the non-conference win at home Monday night.

Currituck was led by Merritt Woodson who had 13 kills, an ace, and five digs, Whitney Shilling had nine kills, three aces and three digs, Taylor McCarthy posted 23 assists and 10 digs, Macy Pace had seven kills and four blocks, Amree Powers had 15 digs with four assists in the win.

Williamston-Riverside def. John A. Holmes 25-15, 25-17, 25-17: The Aces (6-12) lost the non-conference match to the Knights (14-5) Monday at Riverside High School.