Four Tri-Nine teams hit the field on Tuesday in first-round NCHSAA playoff action. The only team that did not was Apex (the boys lacrosse team had the field locked up), who will play tonight.
Of the four, only one advanced to the second round. The Tri-Nine went 0-3 against Cap-7 competition and was outscored 12-1 in those games.
Green Hope 5, Northern Durham 1
No surprises here. Green Hope (16-3) had five different players score goals and downed the Knights easily in the first round.
Next up will be Wakefield at home. The Wolverines, a 4-seed in the Cap-7, were 5-4 winners over Durham Jordan.
Sanderson 1, Athens Drive 0
Athens (12-8-2) only allowed 1.1 goals per game. But one goal was all visiting Sanderson needed to slip by in the first round.
The Jaguars, which finished tied for third in the Tri-Nine, won't lose many players from this year's squad — just key ones. The list of seniors includes goalkeeper Rachel Collins (USC-Upstate signee) and leading scorer Hannah Eshraghi (16 goals, three assists).
Broughton 4, Panther Creek 1
This won't be the last time Panther Creek will have a chance to move out of the first round. But the young Catamounts (10-10-2) will have to wait at least another year after falling at Broughton on Tuesday.
The Catamounts will lose forward/goalkeeper Kenzie McNeilly, but return leading scorers in sophomore Ashley Clark (junior) and Asyia Mitchell (sophomore).
Leesville Road 7, Fuquay-Varina 0
It would've taken a monumental effort for Fuquay (8-10-2) to upset the 2-time defending state champs, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN. Particularly on a night where Leesville Road was hitting on all cylinders.
And were they ever.
Caroline Gentry scored a hat trick and the Pride made quick work of Fuquay. The Bengals, which upset a 1-seed last year in Holly Springs, will miss the leadership of senior Jessie Davis next season. Davis led the team with nine goals and three assists this year.
Fuquay had won four of their previous five just to get into the playoffs, including an upset of Green Hope.