Coming off a vacation week, both East Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill hoped to replicate last season's exciting overtime contest at Culton-Pearman Stadium on the Chapel Hill High campus. In a battle of Tigers and Wildcats, the cross town East Chapel Hill Wildcats drove home with a 20-9 victory.
The game opened with a scoring flury where the Wildcats were able to secure at 2-1 lead based on scoring from Sophomore Ryan Levy. The first quarter ended 5-3, with the bulk of the scoring coming from the top guns of each team. The second quarter featured a run for East led by Levy, Jack Koonce, and Taylor Greeno and the Wildcats took a 11-4 advantage into the half. An illegal stick by East in the third quarter temporarily slowed the scoring, but the Wildcats continued to pull away in the fourth.
The Wildcats have now laid a strong claim to supremacy in the Eastern 3-A/2-A race by taking their record to 7-1 with impressive wins against conference foes Orange, Northwood, and now Chapel Hill, who they will face again in less than ten days. East faces a very big challenge with post season implications on April 10th against a very strong Eastern Alamance program.
Of course there is a very talented New Hanover team representing the East in Wilmington on the 3A level this year, so some big games are down the road perhaps for both the Tigers and Wildcats. The Wildcats sole loss this season was at home to a talented 4-A Broughton team. The Wildcats have won games against 4-A school's Jordan, Heritage, and Apex Friendship.
East was paced tonight by Levy with 5 goals and 5 assists, Taylor Greeno with 5 goals, and Jack Koonce with 5 goals and 1 assist. The Tigers were led by Senior Duncan Tart with 3 goals and 2 assists, Sophomore Jack Grubbs with 4 goals, and Junior Austin Cicale with 3 assists.
Chapel Hill faces it's other cross town rival, Carrboro on Thursday night.
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