By Earl Vaughan Jr.
Fayetteville Academy’s Eagles were denied the school’s 18th N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association boys’ soccer state title in one of the most painful endings possible Oct. 31.
With the score tied and overtime appearing certain, host Westchester Country Day scored in the game’s final 10 seconds to notch a 3-2 win.
Eagles head coach Andrew McCarthy knew his team was the underdog entering the match and tried to use that as a motivating factor for his club.
“I couldn’t be prouder of their efforts on a field that was very difficult to play,’’ he said.
The game was played at Westchester, and the field had taken considerable rain prior to the match. While the surface didn’t look bad, McCarthy said the damp conditions made for what he called a scrappy game. “It looked okay from the side, but it was difficult to walk on,’’ McCarthy said.
It didn’t help the Eagles that they played either from behind or tied the whole game, with Colin Martin and Anthony Sevilla scoring the only goals for the Eagles.
The game-winner came after a breakdown of communication by the Eagle defense in the closing seconds. “We were right there at the end,’’ McCarthy said.
The future looks bright for the Eagles, however, as they only lose four seniors from the 8-4 state runner-up team. Departing are Duncan Ferguson, Hunter Herrman, Scott Fincher and Will Pryzgoda.
Ferguson said his best memories of the team are of maturing and growing together.
“It’s amazing to see how Maca (McCarthy) and Jimmy (assistant coach Maher) have led us to be the team we were, the men that we were and the friends that we were,’’ Ferguson said. “That’s what I’ll cherish.’’
Ferguson hopes to play college soccer and has applied at a number of schools but has no definite plans at this point.
Veteran high school coach Dustin Squibb has been named the new varsity boys basketball coach at Village Christian Academy, according to a press release from Village athletic director Harold Morrison.
Most recently, Squibb served as head coach at Neuse Charter School.
“In addition to his coaching experience, Dustin is an accomplished educator and leader,’’ Morrison said. “Dustin loves the Lord and loves kids. He uses basketball to teach life lessons and emphasizes the importance of being a student-athlete.’’
NCISAA CROSS COUNTRY
Congratulations to runners from Fayetteville Christian who placed in the top 10 in the recent N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3–A state cross country meet.
In the girls’ competition, Fayetteville Christian placed ninth as a team, led by Hayley Matthews, who finished seventh with a time of 20:12.7.
The Fayetteville Christian boys placed eighth. Their top finisher was Sam Miller in eighth place with a time of 17:14.9. Thomas Macagg was 10th at 17:22.3.
This week’s schedules
Fayetteville Christian at Faith Christian
Trinity Christian at Harrells Christian
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