CLAREMONT — The Patton varsity boys soccer team ended a three-game losing skid and claimed their first Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference win on Wednesday at Bunker Hill, 2-1.

The teams traded three second-half penalty kick goals, with the Panthers (3-6-1, 1-1 NWFAC) going up 1-0 on Jesse Stapleton’s goal in the 63rd minute and claiming the lead for good on Mateo Andres’ 77th-minute goal.

Patton, which played a man down the final 14 minutes, outshot the hosts 10-4 and held the corner-kick edge, 5-1. Goalkeeper Daniel Hernandez had three saves in the victory.

The JV Panthers won 4-2 with Jacob Hammons notching a hat trick and John Aguilar scoring one goal.


Foard 5, EB 2

The Cavaliers (2-6-1, 0-2 NWFAC) trailed 4-1 by the half and lost Wednesday in Newton despite Micah Chrisco’s two goals. Brandon Cuellar and Antony Salgado Rodriguez had an assist apiece, and David Benitez (five) and Garret Pitts (four) combined for nine saves in goal. EB won the JV contest, 3-0, as keeper Marco Benitez had four saves in the shutout.


Hickory 4, Freedom 0

The Patriots (6-4-1, 0-2 Northwestern 3A/4A Conf.) dropped a second straight league contest Wednesday on the road despite freshman keeper Cole Johnson’s six saves, three of which were “incredible,” said coach Larry Taylor.

“They went up 2-0, and we had numerous times to get back in the game in the first 20 minutes of the second half and just could not put one in the goal,” Taylor added. “We are just not the same team after losing our starting center midfielder to injury. (We’ve) got to figure out a way to start scoring again.”


W. Caldwell 10, Draughn 0

The Wildcats (0-4, 0-2 NWFAC) lost at home Wednesday in a game that was stopped after 10 Warriors’ first-half goals. No more details were available.



Patton 3, Bunker Hill 0

The visiting Lady Panthers (9-4, 3-3 NWFAC) clawed back to .500 in league play with Wednesday’s third straight win, 25-13, 25-11, 25-19.

Patton’s Ella Gragg had 19 kills and two blocks, Izora Gragg had 17 assists, Kenady Roper had 13 digs and Ashlyn Castle had three aces to lead the way. Castle also supplied four kills and four digs, Roper added four assists, Cameron Greene had four kills and Katie Stoudenmire had three assists.

Patton dropped the JV match, 17-25, 25-18, 4-15, despite team-highs of 13 digs from Katelyn Thao, seven assists from Kinley Attaway and six kills plus four aces by Sydney Morgan.


Draughn beats W. Caldwell

The Lady Wildcats (9-3, 4-2 NWFAC) won at home Wednesday, as did the Draughn JV squad. No set scores or individual statistics were available.


Foard 3, EB 1

The Lady Cavaliers (9-2, 4-2 NWFAC) fell in Newton in a first-place showdown Wednesday against the undefeated Tigers despite claiming the second set, 14-25, 25-23, 10-25, 5-25. EB was led by Ashlyn Stilwell (23 digs), Erica Clontz (14 kills, six digs) and Riley Haas (seven blocks, five kills).

EB also dropped the JV match, 13-25, 10-25, led by Jordan Newton’s two assists and Claire Cook’s two kills.


Hickory 3, Freedom 0

The Lady Patriots (2-7, 1-4 NWC) were swept in Hickory on Wednesday, 17-25, 22-25, 15-25.

Sarah Armentrout had 10 digs for Freedom, while Danisha Hemphill had four assists, four blocks, two kills and two aces, Shalice Lynch added seven blocks and two kills and Josie Hise had five blocks, five digs and three assists. Bayleigh Powell and Mia Harper both added two kills.

Freedom also fell in JV action, 16-25, 6-25.



Draughn 9, W. Caldwell 0

The Lady Wildcats (4-3, 2-1 NWFAC) dropped just 11 games (and no sets) on the day, sweeping the action. Draughn’s victory was highlighted by No. 3 singles player Haley Lowman, No. 4 Katie Cozort and the No. 1 doubles squad of Hailey Kincaid/Abby Parker, who all won via shutout.


Patton 7, Bunker Hill 2

The Lady Panthers (2-3, 2-0 NWFAC) claimed a second match in as many days Wednesday in Claremont to open the league slate.

In singles, Patton’s wins came from No. 1 Kadira Mcclure, No. 2 Nikita McClure, No. 4 Danielle Wilson and No. 6 Brianna Baker before N. McClure/Raegan Edwards (No. 1; 9-7), K. McClure/Natalie Franklin (No. 2; 8-2) and Wilson/Sarah Browning (No. 3; 8-1) swept doubles.


S. Caldwell 5, Freedom 4

The Lady Patriots (2-3, 0-3 NWC) were edged Wednesday in Sawmills despite splitting singles play with No. 1 Savannah Vandergriff (6-3, 6-0), No. 3 Alyssa Burnett (7-6, 6-2) and No. 6 Viasha Tate (6-4, 6-2) all victorious. No. 3 Lee Kania/Ellie Deacon won the team’s lone match in doubles, 8-3.


Foard 9, EB 0

The visiting Lady Cavaliers (4-1, 2-1 NWFAC) dropped their first league match Wednesday. No. 2 singles player Paige Houston won a team-high seven games in defeat.


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