Sports Briefs: May 18, 2014

May 16, 2014 

Johnson commits to Clemson

Cleveland High’s Sterling Johnson, one of the top defensive line prospects in the country, committed to Clemson on Tuesday night.

Johnson, 6-foot-5, 281 pounds, has offers from most SEC and ACC schools and is ranked among the top 10 defensive end prospects.

He tweeted Tuesday night, “I would like to thank all the schools who have offered but, It’s official, I am verbally committed to Clemson university ! #Tigers”

Tennessee had been considered the leader for Johnson.

Corinth Holders comes up just short

Burlington Williams survived a solid comeback bid by Corinth Holders Tuesday night for a 3-2 victory in the 3A girls soccer playoffs. The Pirates trailed 1-0 at the half and throughout the match but had a chance to pull even and force overtime just miss with less than a minute to play.

“We started out flat, but picked it up throughout the game and had many chances to score, but just couldn’t put the ball in the net,” said Corinth Holders coach Alison Vetterl. “The second half we came out with a sense of urgency, played hard, starting connecting passes more often which opened up more opportunities. We played from behind most of the game, and answered their runs as best we can. The girls played tough, and hard, and almost tied the game with about 20 seconds left.”

The Pirates finished with a 9-6 mark overall and will lose five seniors to graduation.

Comet girls teams eliminated

Fuquay-Varina grabbed a 4-0 victory over Clayton Tuesday night in the 4A girls soccer playoffs. The Comets finished the season with a 10-7-1 record.

“I thought Fuquay Varina played a very good game,” said Clayton coach William Williams. “Their passing was excellent. We were without our leading scorer, which created problems for us, but Fuquay was still the better side.”

The Comets lose three seniors to graduation: Marissa Riggins, Emilie Alioto and Lauren Kabrich.

Clayton fell to unbeaten Richmond County 10-0 in the 4A softball playoffs Wednesday. The Comets were 11-8 on the season.

West wins 20th, advances in soccer playoffs

West Johnston jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then held on through the second half for a 3-2 victory over Southern Alamance in the opening round of the 4A girls soccer playoffs Wednesday night.

The Wildcats (20-1-2) led 3-0 at the half and thrived on a balanced offensive attack. Robin Pollard, Madison Covey and Becky Meshaw all scored for the Wildcats. Kristin Power and Aliana Custer assisted on goals as well.

The win set up a second round match with co-Greater Neuse River 4A Conference champion Garner.

Neuse Charter bows out in soccer

Neuse Charter fell to Raleigh Charter 9-0 in the 1A playoffs.

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