PCA Soccer claims second league title

Published 8:14 am Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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On Tuesday, the Raiders baseball team traveled to Northeast Academy while soccer hosted Lawrence Academy in Tar Heel Independent Conference tournament action.

Northeast Academy took an early 1 – 0 lead before Pungo scattered five runs in the next five innings to advance to their second consecutive TIC championship game with a 5 – 2 victory. Bo Spencer had two hits while Parker Byrd added a hit and two RBI, Wells Eagles added a hit and McKinney Water knocked in a run. Jackson Walker pitched his second consecutive complete game, giving up just one hit and no earned runs.

The Raiders soccer teamed continued to roll as they defeated Lawrence Academy 10 – 1 in the TIC semifinal matchup. Katie Baxter and Julia Rouse each had three goals and one assist. Brooklyn Bowes scored her 10th goal of the season while Maggie Ballance and Emily Copes scored their first career goals. Copes added another later.

On Wednesday, baseball traveled back to Northeast Academy to take on Lawrence Academy in the championship game. PCA led 1-0 early before the Warriors broke things open with four runs in the third. The Raiders responded with a run in the fourth, but the Warriors were able to close things out for a 7-1 win and their third consecutive TIC tournament championship. Warriors pitcher and TIC Player of the Year Conner Ferebee shut down the Raider bats, throwing a complete game no hitter in the championship. Evan Woolard did all he could on the mound for the Raiders, with eight strikeouts and three earned runs in 5.1 innings.

Woolard, Bo Spencer and Austin Garrish made the TIC All Conference team. For Woolard and Garrish, it was their first appearance on the All-Conference team while Spencer made it for the third consecutive season.

Jackson Walker joined Woolard and Spencer on the All-Tournament team. First year coach Todd Waters was named TIC Coach of the Year.

The girls soccer team was going for their second consecutive conference tournament championship on Wednesday in Belhaven as they hosted 3rdseeded Ridgecroft School. The Raiders came out on fire as Katie Baxter’s cross found Brooklyn Bowes in the box to put the Raiders up 1 – 0 just one minute into the game. PCA added three more goals in the first half as Baxter, Destiney Midgette and Mia Paniagual scored. Julia Rouse added another in the second half and PCA went on to win 5 – 0 and claim back to back conference tournament championships.

Baxter was named TIC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Julia Rouse, Sayla Brown, Reagan Walker and Brooklyn Bowes joined her on the All-Conference team.

Baxter was also named TIC Tournament MVP for the second consecutive tournament. Rouse, Paniagua, Midgette and Autumn Gibbs joined her on the All-Tournament team.

The Lady Raiders were also voted as the most sportsmanlike team of the season by their opponents while head coach Logan Van Staalduinen was named TIC Coach of the Year for the second year in a row, making it a clean sweep of the awards for PCA soccer.

Girls soccer and baseball earned the #3 seed in this weeks’ NCISAA state playoffs. Both teams received a bye to the quarterfinals and will host games at the end of the week. Softball earned the #2 seed and received a bye to the semifinals and will host Lawrence Academy or Lee Christian next Tuesday.