Garrett Rhodes scored three goals on Wednesday night to lead visiting Bandys High past Maiden 6-3 in South Fork 2A boys’ soccer, keeping the Trojans in third place and in contention for a conference title.
Michael Miller, Ben Joseph and Jake Bulen each added a goal for Bandys and Jesse Pope was in goal for a win that improved the Trojans to 6-2-0 in league play.
With six conference matches to go, Bandys is one game back of co-leaders East Lincoln and Newton-Conover and at least two games up in the loss column on the rest of the conference teams.
Bandys has two key matches next week, at home on Monday at 6 p.m. against defending conference and state champion Newton-Conover and at home Wednesday at 6 p.m. against East Lincoln.
The Trojans beat the Red Devils 3-2 in overtime in Newton on Sept. 12, and East Lincoln beat Bandys 3-0 at East Lincoln on Sept. 19.
Maiden, 1-7-0 in the league and next-to-last in the standings, is at West Lincoln for a league match on Monday at 6 p.m.
East Lincoln 3, Lake Norman Charter 2
Chase Gilley and Logan Gilley had one goal and an assist each and Miller Towson added a goal as the Mustangs kept their share of first place in the South Fork 2A by winning at home in overtime.
East Lincoln, 7-1-0 in the league, shares first place with Newton-Conover.
Chase Gilley’s goal was his 31st, a single-season record for the Mustangs that he broke on Monday. He had 29 goals to set the record a year ago.
Logan Gilley’s goal was his 29th of the season.
East Lincoln’s next match is Monday at 6 p.m. at home against Lincolnton while Lake Norman Charter, 3-4-0 in the league, is at home Monday at 6 p.m. for a conference match against North Lincoln.
Hickory 8, McDowell 0
Brayden Rowland scored for times and Harrison Boston scored twice as the first-place Red Tornadoes rolled to a Northwestern 3A-4A win in Marion.
The victory extended the Red Tornadoes’ lead in the conference race to 1 ½ games ahead of second-place Watauga with six league matches to go.
Hickory plays a non-league home match against Draughn on Thursday at 6 p.m., and is at home on Monday at 6 p.m. to play Freedom in a conference match.
McDowell, 0-7-0 in the conference, has a makeup league match Thursday at 6 p.m. at West Caldwell.
St. Stephens 3, Freedom 1
Led by Kenly Killian’s 27 assists and 29 digs by Alley Day, the Indians won a Northwestern 3A-4A match 27-29, 25-15, 25-22, 25-16 in Morganton.
Carter Leatherman contributed 11 kills and Kendall Setzer had five kills for St. Stephens.
The Indians will be at home on Monday at 6 p.m., facing McDowell in a league match, and they close their conference schedule on Wednesday (6 p.m.) at West Caldwell.
Freedom — 4-8 in the league and tied with McDowell for fifth place — goes to Hickory on Monday (6 p.m.) and is at home on Wednesday (6 p.m.) against Alexander Central to close its league schedule.
Freedom wins at Catawba Springs
Anna McDonald of Hickory shot a 38 and shared medalists honors with Christina Fisher of Fredom.
Team scores: 1. Freedom 141; 2. McDowell 137; 3. Hickory 156; 4. S. Caldwell 159; 5. Alexander Central 172; 6. Watauga 183.
Medalists: Anna McDonald (H) 38; Christina Fisher (F) 38.
Individual scores, winning team: Freedom 141 (Christina Fisher 38; Albany Bock 42, Baila Hoke 61).
Top 10 individuals: 1 Anna McDonald (H), Christina Fisher (F) 38; 3. Albany Bock (F) 42; 4. Tyler Price (M) 45; 5. McKenzie Hartman (M) 50; 6. Ansley Lance (M) 52, Hannah Bumgarner (SC) 52, Jenna Pittman (SC) 52; 9. Lexi Summerlin (SC) 55; 10. Jasmine Dessert (AC) 56.