|Kidd Leads Swansboro To State Finals, Again|
|Written by Mike Kelly|
|Wednesday, 22 May 2013 08:16|
Former Watauga High soccer coach Doug Kidd is on the verge of winning his third state championship since 2009. Kidd led the Swansboro girls to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 2A
state championship game Tuesday night as the Pirates blanked Roanoke Rapids 4-0 in the eastern finals.
The Pirates snapped a scoreless tie with four goals in the second half. Kimberley Moore led the assault with a pair of goals; Tylor Ring had a goal and an assist to pace Swansboro.
"It was a nice win," Kidd said. "The girls did a great job beating a good team. We kept the pressure on and finally broke through in the second half. We're in the finals. We'll give it a good try on Saturday to win it all."
The Pirates (22-5-1) will play South Iredell (22-2) in the state finals Saturday at Dail Soccer Stadium at North Carolina State Univesrsity in Raleigh at 2 p.m. South Iredell won the western championship by knocking off Forbush, 1-0.
Swansboro defeated Forbush in back-to-back years to win consecutive state championships in 2009 and 2010. Kidd is the all-time winningest coach in WHS history in boy's and girl's soccer.
INDIANS ADVANCE TO CLASS 3A FINALS
Macy Franklin scored the game's only goal midway through the second half and the St. Stephens High girl's soccer team marched its way to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state championship game by knocking off Charlotte Catholic 1-0 Tuesday night.
The Indians (21-3-2) will play Raleigh-Cardinal Gibbons (21-2-1) in the state finals Saturday at Dail Soccer Stadium at N.C. State Saturday morning at 11 a.m. Cardinal Gibbons advanced to the state finals by knocking off White Oaks 4-1 in the eastern regional championship game.
Tuesday's win also avenged a 1-0 loss to Charlotte Catholic in the western finals last season. The Indians have won eight straight and are 9-0-1 in their last 10 matches. Tuesday’s shutout victory gave the Indians a 24-0 goals edge against their five postseason opponents this season.
St. Stephens hasn’t lost since April 21 (1-0 at Enka) and it also tied Hickory 1-1 on April 23.
Another big key to the win was the Indians’ defense on Charlotte Catholic’s Jane Cline, who entered the match with 75 goals this season and 181 for her career. The Cougars outshot the Indians, 11-5.
RED TORNADOES IN WESTERN FINALS
It's been quite a year for Hickory High baseball coach David Craft. The Red Tornadoes (17-10), who have eight seniors on the team, haven't lost since the opening round of the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference Tournament (a 2-1 loss to Fred T. Foard on April 30).
The Red Tornadoes continued their winning ways with a 6-1 win against Morganton-Patton Tuesday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A regional semifinals. And thanks to that effort, Hickory, riding a four-winning streak, now finds itself in the Class 3A Western Regional championship series.
The Red Tornadoes will open the series at Weddington Thursday night. Weddington advanced by knocking off Marvin Ridge 2-1 in the western semifinals.
Tyler Pait backboned Hickory with a complete game effort. Pait (7-3) gave up an earned run on three hits with six strikeouts. Davis Hanvey had a two-run double in a three-run sixth inning that broke the game open.
TIGERS ELIMINATED BY ENKA
The Fred T. Foard softball team chose a bad time to play one of its worst games of the year. The Tigers (23-5) made seven errors and dropped a 4-3 decision to Enka in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A western semifinals Tuesday night in Newton, N.C.
The win moves Enka (19-4) into the Class 3A western finals against Concord-Robinson (26-2) Thursday night in a best of three series. Robinson advanced by knocking off Marvin Ridge, 3-2.
Addie Bolick homered twice in the loss for Fred T. Foard. She had a two-run shot in the fifth that made it, 4-2; her solo shot in the seventh made it, 4-3.
But winning pitcher Courtney Pearson, a freshman, retired Lexi Schubert on a pop up to end the game.
Alexander Central and Indian-Trail Porter Ridge, the defending Class 4A state champion, were rained out last night. They will play tonight in Indian Trail at 4:30 p.m.
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