Prep roundup: Northern Nash defeats Gryphons in girls' soccer


Telegram Reports

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Northern Nash girls’ soccer team picked up a win on Friday, the first of its kind in at least 10 years.

The Knights defeated Rocky Mount High, 2-1, in penalty kicks in a road Big East Conference match. It was the first time the Knights had defeated the Gryphons in at least a decade, according to Northern Nash’s athletics twitter account.

“I didn't know that until after the game,” Northern Nash coach Cameron Avery said. “It was astonishing and I’m really happy for my girls to have done that. I felt like my girls made enough big plays in important moments, and they found themselves on the winning end of one.”

RMH (7-5, 4-2) scored first, then Northern Nash (4-8, 1-5) answered to tie the score at 1-1 where it stayed through regulation. The two five-minute overtime sessions were scoreless, setting up penalty kicks which the Knights won, 4-1.

“It was huge for us,” Avery said. “They were up to the challenge. They’ve been there before, and we learned from mistakes from the previous PK situations. They rose up and didn’t get down on themselves. It couldn’t been easy to do that when you’re in a six-game losing streak, but I’m proud that none of my girls gave in during that stretch and the tide finally turned for them.”

Northern Nash snapped a six-match losing streak with the win, and also earned its first conference win. During that losing stretch the Knights lost back-to-back home conference matches in penalty kicks.

Southern Nash 3, Franklinton 2

Southern Nash (7-6, 2-4) secured a home Big East Conference win in overtime.

Nef Gonzalez scored all three goals for the Firebirds, including one in each half and another just before the buzzer in the first overtime.

Southern Nash entered halftime with a 1-0 lead, then grabbed a 2-0 lead early in the second half. Franklinton scored twice in the second half to force overtime.

Rocky Mount Academy 5, St. Thomas More 2

Rocky Mount Academy led 1-0 at halftime, but visiting St. Thomas More made it interesting with two second-half goals in Friday’s NCISAA Coastal Conference match.

The Eagles (10-2, 7-1) withstood the two-goal attack with four of their own over the final 40 minutes.