LELAND — The Eagles of East Bladen battled to their second straight tie on the pitch to open the season, this one a scoreless knot against former Waccamaw Conference foe North Brunswick on Thursday.
The match featured the defenses for both teams. East Bladen outshot the Scorpions by a 12-8 margin, and Eagles goalie Matt Massengill was credited with four saves.
The Eagles, who are now 0-0-2 on the season, were scheduled to face the Pirates of Lumberton on the road Monday in a non-conference match.
—In Dublin on Thursday, West Bladen and visiting St. Pauls played to a scoreless first-half tie before the Bulldogs used two second-half goals to nip the Knights, 2-1.
Michael Pastore gave West Bladen a 1-0 lead in the second half off a pass from Victor Jacombe, but St. Pauls responded with a penalty kick goal and then got the game-winner with just over 2 minutes to play.
The Knights were scheduled to go on the road for a non-conference match against West Columbus on Monday.
— West Bladen scored a trio of goals in the second half on Wednesday and rallied past Class 4-A Purnell Swett on the pitch for a 3-1 non-conference win in Pembroke.
Despite some solid scoring opportunities for the Knights early in the match, the Rams opened the scoring with a goal late in the first half and took that 1-0 lead into the intermission.
West Bladen kept the pressure on in the second half, and it paid off with a Seth Britt goal. Moments later, Michael Pastore scored to give the Knights a 2-1 edge. Later in the half, Britt took a pass from Colby McLean and booted home a goal to pad the lead and seal the win.
— For the second straight day, the Lady Knights of West Bladen went on the road and defeated a Class 4-A school. This time it was Cape Fear who was the victim of a 6-3 beating.
The two teams split the six singles matches — with the Lady Knights getting wins from Amber Long at No. 4, 8-0; Tatianna Sturgis at No. 5, 8-5; and Sydney Jackson at No. 6, 8-1.
But West Bladen dominated the doubles matches, sweeping the Lady Colts in the three contests. That included a hard-fought 8-6 win by the duo of Alicia Avellaneda and Long at No. 1; an 8-4 victory at No. 2 by Madison Staton and Alanna Ludlum; and an 8-3 win by the tandem of Sturgis and Jackson at No. 3.
The Lady Knights were to play a non-conference match at West Columbus on Monday.