Freedom soccer 6, EB 1

Freedom's Beckham Ixchajachal (8) maintains control of the dribble as East Burke's Turner Strong (4) attempts a slide tackle Wednesday in Icard. Also pictured on the play is EB's Benjamin Childres (18).

ICARD — Senior forward Patrick Sandy scored four goals, two in each half, on Wednesday evening as the Freedom varsity boys soccer team avenged last week’s home loss to East Burke with a 6-1 victory.

Sandy opened the scoring on a 7th-minute breakaway, then made it 2-0 in favor of the Patriots in the 25th minute after taking an assist from Carlos Velasquez. Sandy then made it 4-0 in the final 25 minutes off an assist by Teague Miller. His final goal, assisted by Eduardo Velasquez, answered EB’s only score of the night.

“Patrick is starting to get in shape, and it’s showing,” Freedom coach Larry Taylor said. “He can score goals. Last year, he scored three the first half of the season and then scored 10 in conference games.”

The Patriots (2-2-1) also got a goal apiece by Miller and Grayson Ward, with Beckham Ixchajachal assisting Ward’s goal. Freshman Cole Johnson started at goalkeeper and classmate Chase Whitaker finished the game there in the win.

Freedom has now turned the tables on county rivals Patton (after a tie) and EB to win the second meetings with both teams this season.

“We’re starting to find a lineup and formation,” Taylor added. “We’ve got talent, we just haven’t played together much with only three starters back from last year. It hurts not having Isaac (Osorio), our team captain, but we have recovered and everyone is playing together for the team.”

The Cavaliers (1-4), who were playing minus last year’s leading scorer Antony Salgado Rodriguez, got their lone goal from Micah Chrisco off a second-half set piece just outside the box.

In a 1-1 JV tie, Ian Cox (assisted by Quinton Hemphill) scored for EB after Freedom’s score came via an own goal on a ball played in by BJ Vang. The JV Patriots remain unbeaten at 3-0-2.


Patton 3, Owen 1

The Panthers (2-3-1) broke through Wednesday in Black Mountain following four matches without a win. Down 1-0, Patton’s Jesse Stapleton scored two goals in a 10-second span in the opening half, the first assisted by Abner Ramirez and the second coming from about 25 yards away.

Connor Rudisill sealed the victory with a goal on a header off a corner kick in the 67th minute, and PHS keeper Daniel Hernandez had three saves. Patton outshot Owen by a 16-4 margin, though the Warhorses managed five of the game’s seven total corner kicks.



EB 3, W. Caldwell 0

The Lady Cavaliers (5-0, 1-0) opened Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference play Wednesday with a resounding 25-12, 25-16, 25-11 triumph in Gamewell to remain undefeated. East Burke was led by Graleigh Hildebran (19 assists, seven digs), Erica Clontz (11 kills), Erin Newton (10 assists) and Ashlyn Stilwell (five aces).

The EB JV squad also won, 25-6, 25-15, behind Jordan Newton’s six digs, five assists and five kills.


Draughn 3, W. Iredell 2

The Lady Wildcats (5-1, 1-0 NWFAC) also won their league debut Wednesday in Valdese, 25-23, 25-22, 18-25, 22-25, 15-11, marking the first time Draughn has ever beaten West Iredell in the sport. Individual statistics were not available.

The JV Wildcats fell in three sets, 25-23, 19-25, 13-15.


Foard 3, Patton 0

The Lady Panthers (5-2, 0-1 NWFAC) were swept Wednesday in Newton by the undefeated reigning league champions, 17-25, 11-25, 16-25. Patton was led in defeat by Ella Gragg (17 kills, two aces), Kenady Roper (20 digs) and Izora Gragg (17 assists).

Patton also dropped the JV contest, 12-25, 7-25, despite Sydney Morgan’s three kills, Meredith Kearson’s three digs and Brooke Johnson’s three assists.



Draughn 9, McDowell 0

The Lady Wildcats (1-1) cruised in Marion on Wednesday, with singles wins coming by No. 1 Hailey Kincaid (8-4), No. 2 Abby Parker (9-7), No. 3 Haley Lowman (8-4), No. 4 Katelyn Cozort (8-3), No. 5 Kaitlyn Kincaid (8-4) and No. 6 Regan Winkler (8-3).

In doubles, Parker/H. Kincaid won 8-5, Lowman/Cozort won 8-2 and Winkler/K. Kincaid won 8-0.


Freedom 9, W. Caldwell 0

The Lady Patriots (1-0) won big in Wednesday’s road opener, dropping just 11 games throughout. Freedom’s singles victors were No. 1 Savannah Vandergriff (8-0), No. 2 Lee Kania (8-1), No. 3 Alyssa Burnett (8-0), No. 4 Sara Byrd Succop (8-0), No. 5 Viasha Tate (8-0) and No. 6 Ellie Deacon (8-3).

Vandergriff/Kania won 5-1, Burnett/Succop won 8-2 and Deacon/Katie Brockland won 8-4 in doubles.


Paul Schenkel can be reached at or 828-432-8950.

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