By News-Argus Staff
Published in Sports on September 14, 2004 1:55 PM
Eastern Wayne blanks South Central in ECC opener
WINTERVILLE -- Joe Gossett started and finished the scoring for Eastern Wayne in a 3-0 victory against Class 3-A Eastern Carolina Conference opponent South Central.
It was the league opener for both teams.
"In stretches, we looked quite good and were able to play a relatively controlled possession game," Eastern Wayne coach Jorg Wagner said. "South Central's quickness was a concern throughout the match as they were able to give chase and provide a fair amount of pressure in the back and midfield.
"They are a much-improved team, especially defensively."
Wagner said the Falcons played a more organized game and keeper Dylan Lawrence recorded some "fantastic saves" against the Warriors.
The teams appeared headed for a scoreless first half until the 36-minute mark. Nickolai Rosinski served a corner kick into the box toward Gossett, who blasted a low, long-post finish from 10 yards out.
Bobby Gambella connected on a shot to the lower left corner after a low cross from Jin Lee in the 47th minute. Gossett concluded the scoring with a goal tap-in after a light scramble in the box.
Eastern Wayne (3-2) outshot South Central 29-3 and had 12 corner kicks.
Senior keeper Stephen Stackhouse earned the shutout in goal.
"As the first match of our conference campaign, the win was especially important for our confidence," Wagner said. "The race for the title will be very tight this year and, assuming that we can win most of our home dates, the away records might turn out to be crucial."
The Warriors entertain Kinston at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Meanwhile, South Central (2-3) plays host to Garner the same evening.
C.B. Aycock takes
ECC 3-A opener
PIKEVILLE -- Garrett Davis recorded a hat trick (three goals) as Charles B. Aycock doubled up Kinston 4-2 in the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference opener for both teams Monday.
Davis scored twice in the first 10 minutes and completed the natural hat trick with a mark in the 50th minute. Teammate Taylor Beamon provided the Golden Falcons' final goal in the 63rd minute.
"We played everybody last night," Aycock head coach Kevin Adkins said. "Kinston has a young ball club, but they hustled."
Aycock (6-2, 1-0) travels to Washington on Wednesday.
blanks So. Wayne
DUDLEY -- Washington capitalized on a first-half defensive mishap and added a second-half goal in a 2-0 victory against Southern Wayne at the Doyle Whitfield Athletic Complex.
It was the Eastern Carolina 3-A Conference opener for both teams.
The Saints (0-3, 0-1) entertain West Carteret at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
LAGRANGE -- Alex McGalhy and Josh Williams each scored a goal as North Lenoir stopped D.H. Conley 2-0 in a non-conference game Monday evening.
McGalhy scored in the 22nd minute, while Williams tallied his goal 19 minutes into the second half.
Donald Veal provided one assist.
North Lenoir (5-1) travels to Wilson Beddingfield on Wednesday.
Joey Churchwell delivered two goals and an assist in Rosewood's 5-1 victory against Carolina/Super Six 1-A foe Farmville Central at Branch Pope Field.
Goss Kendall started the scoring for the Eagles in the 12th minute.
Churchwell knocked in a goal off Hietpas' assist in the 16th minute. The duo hooked up -- in reverse fashion -- in the 38th minute with Hietpas getting the goal off Churchwell's assist.
Kendall assisted Churchwell on a mark four minutes into the second half. Matt Howell finished off the Jaguars with a goal in the 67th minute off Justin Demello's assist.
Farmville Central averted the shutout with Janashvili Tornike's goal in the 63rd minute.
Eagle keeper Antell Richards collected six saves.
"We're glad to start the conference off with a win and our goal is to improve; try to get a little bit better each week and each game," Rosewood coach Daniel Mitchell said.
The Eagles (3-5-1) travel to Ayden-Grifton on Wednesday.
settles for tie
STANHOPE -- Unlike its previous outing against non-conference opponent Southern Nash, shots were a premium for North Johnston on Monday evening.
The visiting Panthers converted their first shot -- off a corner kick -- in the second minute and escaped with a 1-1 tie against the Firebirds.
"I think we relaxed a little bit and we thought it was just a matter of time before we got another one, and we never did," said North Johnston coach Brent Walston, whose team scored six goals against Southern last Thursday. "We continued to control possession in the midfield and did a good job of transitioning from defense to offense, but any loose ball we served up towards the front, they were more aggressive than we were.
"Their sweeper Victor Garcia played an excellent game."
The Firebirds, of the Big Eight North 3-A Conference, received a first-half goal from Carmelo Autunez. Giovanni Franco was credited with the assist.
North Johnston keepers Jay Pittman and Josh Cooper combined for seven saves.
The Panthers (7-2-1) entertain Hobbton in their Carolina/Super Six 1-A opener Wednesday at 7 p.m.
beats Falls Road
Freddy Ignot earned a hat trick (three goals) as Faith Christian defeated Falls Road Bapist of Rocky Mount 5-2 in a N.C. Christian Schools Association Coastal 2-A contest.
Jason Bone and Steven Sloan each had a goal for the Crusaders.
Faith Christian (3-1) entertains Liberty Christian of Fayetteville today.
LAGRANGE -- Tyler Smith tallied four goals in North Lenoir's 5-0, non-conference thrashing of D.H. Conley.
Brandon Sutton added one goal.
The Hawks (2-0) visit Arendell-Parrott Academy this afternoon.
Norwayne 7, St. Mary's 0 -- Tucker Pearson notched the hat trick (three goals), while Tyler Ruffin added two in the Cobras' win. Gavin Forrest and Thomas Podbesek each provided one goal. Pearson also dished out two assists. Ruffin, Thomas Oliver and David Burke had one assist apiece. Norwayne (2-0-0) entertains Spring Creek this afternoon.
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