DUNN — East Bladen rallied from a 1-0 deficit, then held on through a flurry of Midway attacks on goal to pull out a 2-1 Four County Conference win on the pitch Monday, 2-1.
Spencer Scott was a busy goalie through the first half, registering seven saves to help keep the match knotted at 0-0 at halftime. But the Raiders booed in a goal early in the second half and protected that lead until mid-way into the half when Brooks McGill took a pass from Greyson Heustess and got a good look at the goal — but was fouled. McGill’s ensuing penalty kick found its mark and the match was knotted at 1-1.
The match remained tied for the next 15 minutes but, with just six minutes left, Heustess headed the ball to a streaking McGill, who booted the ball into the net for a 2-1 Eagles lead.
Midway then put on a mad rush at the East Bladen net, only to have five successive shots thwarted by Scott.
Lady Knights win
West Bladen took four of the six singles matches and swept the doubles on Monday to defeat East Columbus in a non-conference match at Lake Waccamaw, 7-2.
Alanna Ludlum put the Lady Knights in the “W” column with a hard-fought 8-6 win at No. 1 singles and Amber Long followed up with an 8-1 win at No. 2. Haley Dimery gave West Bladen a 3-2 edge with a tough 9-7 win at No. 5 singles, while Rachel Bryan followed with an 8-6 win at No. 6.
In doubles action, Ludlum and Helen Lopez teamed for an 8-4 win at No. 1; Long and Madison Singletary took an 8-4 win at No. 2; and the duo of Dimery and Conner Brisson won at No. 3 by an 8-1 verdict.
Lady Eagles shut out
East Bladen failed to capture a win for the third straight tennis match, falling to Whiteville on Monday in a non-conference match, 9-0.
In singles action, the Lady Eagles scored just 10 points across the six matches, with Trinity Carroll having the most success in an 8-4 loss.
In doubles, the duo of Ting Lin and Jayme Frady gave the Lady Woldpack the biggest battle before dropping an 8-4 decision.
Eagles whip Vikings, 9-0
Greyson Heustess and Josue Guvera each recorded a hat trick for East Bladen and the Eagles whitewashed visiting West Columbus, 9-0, in a non-conference match Thursday.
Guvera scored the Eagles’ first goal early in the first half and, before the half was over, Huestess had scored twice and Guvera added a goal for a 4-0 East Bladen lead at intermission.
In the second half, Brooks McGill too a pass from Heustess and fired in a goal, followed by a header for a goal by Guvera for his hat trick. Moments later, Heutess got his hat trick with a header that gave the Eagles a 7-0 advantage. Grey Caballero followed with a goal off a corner kick.
The Eagles’ scoring was completed when Robert Fletcher booted in a goal off a feed from Alex Felder.