Cape Fear Christian Academy dropped a pair of varsity Sandhills Athletic Conference contests to visiting Freedom Christian Academy on Tuesday, with the Patriots winning in both boys soccer and volleyball.
Eight goals in a rain-soaked second half powered Freedom Christian to a 10-3 win over Cape Fear Christian in varsity boys soccer.
CFCA coach Michael Breslin said that he continues to see improvement in his team.
“We had a game yesterday,” Breslin said. “This is our second game of the week and we have two more this week. And these guys went out there and played with their hearts. They’ve come a long way. We played Fayetteville Christian yesterday and we also played them on Thursday. Thursday we were not a good team and we did not play as a good team.
“I had one opportunity to talk to my guys and we broke it down to basics and talked about using the entire field, spreading the ball out and communicating. All those things that we should do. And we saw a difference in the game yesterday where we lost to Fayetteville Christian 7-0 on Thursday and played them 3-1 yesterday and it was 0-0 at halftime. I’ll take that any day of the week. They’ve showed progression and they came back today and played their hearts out and played hard.”
Senior Dolan Adams had two goals and freshman Luke Adams had one goal on Tuesday for the Eagles (0-4, 0-4 SAC).
Senior Reynaldo Molina had four goals and junior Connor Jacobs had three goals to lead the Patriots (4-1, 4-1).
The first half ended in a 2-2 tie, with Luke Adams providing the first goal and Dolan Adams scoring the second for the Eagles for a 2-1 CFCA lead.
As heavy rains set in for the second half, Freedom Christian scored eight unanswered goals before Dolan Adams scored his second goal in the waning minutes of the game.
The Eagles host Riverside Christian in varsity boys soccer on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. That contest follows a middle school matchup between CFCA and Berean Baptist at 4 p.m.
Freedom wins varsity volleyball
Inconsistency plagued Cape Fear Christian as Freedom Christian won the varsity volleyball match in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-8 and 25-23.
“I think yesterday (a five-set loss to Fayetteville Christian) really took a toll,” said Cape Fear Christian volleyball coach Brittany Ter Meer. “It’s just very frustrating when their self-sabotaging right now. It’s frustrating when they’re that good of a team and they have the skills and are skillfully sound, but are letting the little things get to them and blow up in their heads.”
Junior Leah Brannon had five kills and 11 digs and junior Marlee Butler had 13 digs and two aces on seven service points to lead the Eagles (4-5, 1-4).
Claire Parker had three kills and held serve for four points. Meredith Taylor had two kills and one block. Natalia Brocious had one kill, seven assists and four digs and held serve for five points. Rhyleigh Horne had one kill, one assist and six digs and held serve for one point. Butler had three assists. Anslee McLamb had four digs and held serve for one point. Mariah Bell had two digs. Brannon had one ace on three service points.
Senior Cassandra Jacobs had 11 kills and three blocks to lead the Patriots (5-1, 4-0).
The first set was competitive until, holding a 16-15 lead, Freedom Christian finished the set on a 9-1 run.
Freedom Christian dominated the second set, taking it 25-8.
Cape Fear Christian surged in the third set, but with the Eagles holding a 21-16 lead, the Patriots rallied with a 9-2 run to end the match.
Ter Meer said the Eagles have had to battle adversity this season, including having several players nursing injuries.
“This is the most injuries we’re experiencing,” Ter Meer said. “And plus, this entire season has been a major uphill battle and the hill is oiled. I have not had a practice with everybody there. I’ve got a girl who’s not even here tonight. My libero is now an outside hitter and she’s having knee issues. It’s just one uphill battle after another. But we have our little sparks. It’s just trying to find a way to keep that flame going rather than letting it die out.”
The CFCA junior varsity volleyball team remained unbeaten with 2-0 win over Freedom.