EB boys soccer 3, Freedom 1

East Burke's Josue Aguirre-Escobar (14) tries to get off a shot as Freedom's Grayson Ward (11) defends on Monday evening.

The East Burke varsity boys soccer team fell behind early Monday evening but scored each of the last three goals of the game to defeat nonconference rival Freedom on the road for a second consecutive season, 3-1, at the Catawba Soccer Complex.

The wins in back-to-back years represent the Cavaliers’ only victories over the Patriots in seven meetings this decade.

“We had to scramble at times. Freedom was fast and we started to figure things out after the first goal,” EB coach Sam Wall said. “Antony Salgado played a good game for us along with Anthony Thao doing a good job up top. As the season goes along, we still have to figure some things out as we have some underclassmen.”

Freedom (0-1-1) jumped ahead 1-0 with a first-half goal off a free kick from Patrick Sandy.

The Cavaliers (1-1) then struck back when Antony Salgado found the back of the net, also off a free kick. Later into the opening half, EB’s Brandon Cuellar found the back of the net off a breakaway goal. The one-goal difference remained until a Salgado penalty-kick goal in the 80th minute.

“We had good communication out there,” Salgado said. “Our communication has improved since the last match. We did well on defense. The midfield also helped out a lot more.”

Cavs goalkeeper David Benitez finished with six saves, while his FHS counterpart Cole Johnson had three saves.

Freedom won the JV game, 2-1, as Aid Castro-Rodriguez and Kevin Manchu-Tecum had a goal apiece and BJ Vang and Frank Castro-Rodriguez supplied an assist apiece.


Tuscola 3, Patton 1

The host Panthers (1-1-1) and Mountaineers played a scoreless first half Monday, but Patton found itself down 2-0 before Mateo Andres scored on a penalty kick in the 66th minute. Tuscola played a man down the last 13 minutes but still managed a shorthanded goal to account for the final margin.

“Unfortunate outcome as I thought we were the better side most of the night,” Patton coach Keith Scott said.

Patton outshot Tuscola, 11-7, and had two corner kicks to the guests’ one.



Patton 3, E. Rutherford 1

The Lady Panthers (3-1) are over halfway to reaching last year’s win total after picking up a 25-10, 25-20, 24-26, 25-14 triumph Monday in Forest City.

Patton’s Izora Gragg posted a team-high 35 assists with seven digs, three kills and two aces, while Kenady Roper (29 digs, 10 aces, two assists, kill) and Ella Gragg (26 kills, 10 digs, six aces) both added double-doubles. Also for PHS, Ashlyn Castle finished with eight kills, six digs and five aces, and Christina Skelly (four kills), Sara Burnette and Lilly Brown had five digs each.

The Patton JV team fell, 21-25, 25-3, 9-15, despite team highs of 13 assists from Kinley Attaway, nine digs and four aces from Meredith Kearson and seven kills from Hayley Caraway.


Maiden 3, Draughn 2

The Lady Wildcats (2-1) lost their first match of the season Monday on the road, 13-25, 25-23, 25-16, 9-25, 11-15. No more details were available.


Michael Thomas can be reached at sports@morganton.com.

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