ST. PAULS — There was no question on Monday that the St. Pauls and Red Springs soccer teams played it close.
So close that the area soccer rivals couldn’t figure out a proper winner.
“There were a couple of goals that went right by,” said St. Pauls coach Brent Martin. “There was a header they had down there that was close and we were within a few seconds of having this one.”
After 100 minutes of shots that missed by inches, miracle saves and hard collisions, the Bulldogs (4-9-1, 2-2-1 Three Rivers Conference) and Red Devils (2-2-1) left their first meeting with a 1-1 draw after two overtimes.
In front of small crowd that was on its feet and cheering with every ball late in the game, the two teams played as closely as possible, with possession split about even and Red Springs edging out St. Pauls 9-8 in shots on goal.
St. Pauls had possession for the first five minutes, but spent the rest of the first half defending an offense led by Raul Dominguez.
The Red Devils used a flurry of shots, but had them either miss the net or stopped by Dennis Verdugo.
Verdugo and Red Springs goalie Lionel Rodriguez each fended off whatever was put at them, despite aggressive play that led to accidental crashes with opposing strikers.
After a scoreless first half that Red Springs led with five shots on goal to St. Pauls’ one, the tide flipped for the second. The Bulldogs came out in a different formation and instead played as the aggressor behind striker Erik Perez.
Perez had more than seven open looks at the net, but either put them straight at the goalie or missed the net entirely.
St. Pauls broke the tie in the final five minutes of regulation when Hugo Calderon headed in a pass from Isaiah Reyes. The header went low and ricocheted between the goalie’s hands and the right post before going in.
The Red Devils tied it less than a minute later when Dominguez drew a foul and knocked in the ensuing penalty kick.
Red Springs had the only shot on goal of the overtime period when Oscar Mendoza put a kick right at Verdugo.
In the second overtime period, St. Pauls had three looks on give-and-go plays that missed the net.
Fairmont gets 9th TRC win
LAKE WACCAMAW — Fairmont’s volleyball team beat East Columbus 3-0 to notch the team’s ninth conference win.
The Golden Tornadoes (13-2, 9-1 TRC) won 25-15, 27-25, 25-16 behind 11 kills from Khadijah Thompson and 24 assists by Christa Thorndyke. Niya Dickens finished had six digs defensively. East Columbus JV won 2-0.
LHS sweeps Seventy First
LUMBERTON — With key conference matches against Hoke and Richmond later this week, the Lumberton volleyball team wanted a strong start to its week.
It got that with a 25-19, 25-16, 25-16 sweep of Seventy-First on Monday at home.
“We needed to get off this week to a good start,” Lumberton coach Jeff McLamb said. “I thought we came out and did good.”
The Pirates (11-4) played aggressively, getting 21 assists from Allison Kinlaw and nine kills from Kayla Kerns
“We didn’t let them hang around and stay in it,” McLamb said.
Hoggard tops LHS soccer
LUMBERTON — The Lumberton soccer team played it close, but fell apart towards the end of a 6-0 home loss to No. 11 Hoggard.
The Pirates (9-4) trailed 2-0 at halftime and kept possession even before allowing three goals in the final ten minutes, LHS coach Kenny Simmons said.
“We made some mistakes in the back and gave up some bad goals,” he said.
Gus Piepmeyer and Chandler Bagley led the Vikings with two goals each. Jared Robertson and Dylan Morton also had one goal each.