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April 1, 2014

Stanly County Soccer Notebook

South Stanly earns first victory of season, tops Bulldogs; Gray Stone suffers first loss of season, bounces back for win

Tuesday, April 1, 2014 — In recent soccer matches, South Stanly earned its first win of the season while Gray Stone suffered its first loss of 2014 and bounced back for a YVC West win.

South Stanly 3, Albemarle 0

The Rebel Bulls visited Albemarle on Monday night looking for the team’s first one of the season while the host Bulldogs also was in search of the team’s first win in 2014.

South Stanly got goals from three different players and improved to 1-3 on the season with a 3-0 win over the Bulldogs.

The Bulls’ first goal came in the 35th minute when Gabriel Benjamin scored to give South a 1-0 lead.

Four minutes into the second half, South (1-3, 1-2 YVC West) was whistled for a handball in the penalty box, giving the Bulldogs a penalty kick. However, Leanne Mansfield’s shot went over the crossbar.

Five minutes later, Taylor Huntley broke free on a breakaway and scored for South.

The Bulls rounded out the scoring in the match two minutes later when Bella Foreman connected on a long shot over the head of the Albemarle keeper.

“We had plenty of chances in the first half, but after the first goal it opened up for us,” South head coach Bernardo Padilla said.

“The girls are improving and getting better.”

Gray Stone loses match to Union Academy, tops Queen’s Grant

The Knights’s seven-game win streak ended on Friday with a loss to Union Academy, but Gray Stone responded on Monday with a 6-1 win over Queen’s Grant.

Against the Cardinals, the Knights were outshot 8-2 and Union Academy scored goals in the 36th and 79th minutes.

Annie Habeeb had a huge game in Gray Stone’s 6-1 win over Queen’s Grant with four goals. Kate Sullivan added two goals and Kesley Kiser and Wesleigh Harrington each added an assist.

The win makes Gray Stone 8-1 overall this season.

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