A few minutes short

First Posted: 10/1/2014

LUMBERTON — For 94 minutes, the Lumberton soccer team (8-6-1, 3-3) looked like they were on the verge of matching the number two team in the state stride for stride Wednesday night.

Unfortunately for the Pirates, they needed the full 100 if they were going to pull off the surprise of their season to this point.

A goal by Hunter Hawes with six minutes left in the second overtime period put Pinecrest (9-0-3, 6-0) ahead for good as they topped the Pirates 3-1 at Linkhaw Road.

“The effort was tremendous,” Lumberton coach Kenny Simmons said. “They are the No. 2 ranked team in the state. For them to come in here and for us to play them as tough as we played them tonight, I couldn’t have asked for anything more than they gave tonight.”

After going scoreless for the first 40 minutes, the Pirates were the first team to strike as Freddy Carrillo sailed a ball past the Patriot goalie to give Lumberton a 1-0 lead.

“They had a great shot and it’s not the first time we went down,” Pinecrest coach Evan Saleeby said. “I think it’s the fourth or fifth time this year we have gone down a goal, and it’s kind of kicked us into a extra gear. It’s a good thing we have that extra gear we can go in.

Hunter Hawes showed up with the extra gear for the Patriots as after they went a man down when Mitchell Casey was ejected for a second yellow card, Hawes would beat Lumberton keeper Nick Veneziano to knot the game up at one.

“Hunter has always been a great finisher,” Saleeby said. “He’s coming back from a bad ankle injury and had to come out a couple times tonight because his knee was bothering him. As he said after the game, ‘Well, I finally showed up when you needed me,’ and he did.”

The two teams stayed tied through the first overtime period until Hawes beat Veneziano for his second goal of the game. A goal by Gerardo Peraza two minutes later sealed the game.

Simmons said he was extremely proud of the effort his team gave through the night.

“If you’d have told me back in August that we would come out here and compete like this against Pinecrest, I would have thought you were crazy,” Simmons said, “because we are in a rebuilding year. 12 of our 18 players on the roster are ninth and tenth graders. In the end, what can you tell them other than that your very proud of them.”

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Pirates, who are still looking at playoff ramifications, as they will be heading onto the road for tough games against Hoke County and Richmond.

“We will take that one game at a time,” Simmons said. “If we can beat Hoke it will set up a huge game against Richmond that will essentially be for second place.”

Lumberton tennis sweeps Hoke

The Lumberton tennis team didn’t skip a beat on the road against Hoke County Wednesday night, as they won all six singles matchest and all three doubles matches against the Bucks.

Full results: A. Cain def T. Jacobs 6-3, 6-0 A. Kinlaw def A. Osario 6-0, 6-0 K. Leggette def. H. Locklear 6-0, 6-2 I. Floyd def A. Burnett 6-0, 6-1 L. Hickman def A. Holliday 6-0, 6-1 A. Ard def K. Harris 6-0, 6-0.

Doubles: Cain and Kinlaw def Jacobs and Osario 8-0, Leggette and Hickman def Locklear and Burnett 8-2, Floyd and Biggens def Holliday and Maynor 8-0.

Purnell Swett golf takes third at Richmond tournament

After seeing the tournament at Richmond delayed for a day, the Purnell Swett girl’s golf team was able to take third place in the tournament held at Richmond Pines with a score of 390. Pinecrest was the top team in the tournament, posting a score of 332, with Richmond taking second with a 368. Hoke finished with a 396. Scotland took fifth with a 423 and Lumberton came in last with a 441.

Purnell Swett’s Meredith Godwin took second as an individual with an 86.

South Robeson cross country wins again

The South Robeson runners took the top three spots at their cross country meet at Luther Britt part Wednesday afternoon to win the meet with 26 points. C. J. Locklear was the top runner in the meet, with a time of 19:18. In second was Bobby Hunt, who ran the course in a time of 19:46 with Austing Hunt taking third with a time of 20:18. Noah Hunt also finished in the top ten for the Mustangs with a time of 20:52, good enough for eighth place.