Eagles stay undefeated with tie
ELIZABETHTOWN — East Bladen rallied from a 2-0 deficit to knot the Wolfpack of Whiteville in a non-conference soccer match on Wednesday.
Whiteville got on the board late in the first half and rode that 1-0 lead into the second half, then doubled the lead with another goal at about the fifth minute of the second half.
But the Eagles answered just a couple of minutes later when Alex Felder made a nice pass behind the defense to Joel Cromartie, who booted home the goal to pull East Bladen within 2-1.
Neither team could convert any scoring chances through a majority of the time remaining until East Bladen a scramble for the ball in front of the Wolfpack net allowed Cromartie to seize control and send a hard shot into the upper corner of the net to tie the match.
The Eagles improved to 3-0-1 on the young season.
— In Wallace on Tuesday, the Lady Knights opened Four County Conference play with an 8-1 win over Wallace-Rose Hill.
West Bladen swept the six singles matches, as Josie Ludlum cruised to a relatively easy 6-2, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles, followed by Alicia Avellaneda’s 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2; Madison Staton’s 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 3; Tatianna Sturgis’ 7-5, 6-3 win at No. 4; Allana Ludlum’s 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 5; and Amber Long’s hard-fought 6-4, 6-7, 10-3 win at No. 6.
The Lady Knights took the No. 1 and No. 2 doubles matches — Josie Ludlum and Avellaneda teamed for an 8-4 win at No. 1; Allana Ludlum and Staton earned an 8-1 win at No. 2.
— In Clinton on Tuesday, the Lady Eagles opened the season with a Four County Conference matchup, but were turned back by Clinton, 7-0.
The No. 2 and No. 3 doubles matches were not completed because of weather.
In those matches played, East Bladen managed to win just two games.
— In Wallace on Tuesday, West Bladen surged to a 2-1 lead only to see the Lady Bulldogs rally for a 3-2 win in Four County Conference play.
Wallace-Rose Hill took the match by the scores of 25-14, 24-26, 14-25, 25-20 and 15-11.
Courtney Thompson led the Lady Knights with 17 service points, 14 kills, 11 blocks and a pair of aces. Teammate Mallory Davis recorded 16 service points, 10 kills, 10 blocks and two aces.
Taylor Stephens contributed 15 service points, while Morgan Sweeney had 13 service points and Codi Pait added 12 service points and three blocks. Breanna Jackson served up 11 points for West Bladen.
— In St. Pauls on Wednesday, the Knights of West Bladen fought out of a 1-0 deficit to take a 2-1 non-conference win against St. Pauls.
The Bulldogs got on the board about 15 minutes into the match and held the lead for nearly 20 minutes before Clay Allen was awarded a direct kick from about 45 yards out. Allen booted the ball just high enough to scrap the fingers of the St. Pauls goalie and find the back of the net to knot the score at 1-1.
Two minutes later, Allen took a pass from Edwin Labra and, after juking a defender, put the ball in the net for the go-ahead goal that stood up.
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