PCA Update: Soccer on a streak, volleyball state-ranked

Published 9:00 am Wednesday, September 13, 2023

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Soccer: The Raiders soccer team is on a three game winning streak after starting 0 – 1 – 1. PCA defeated Mattamuskeet, 6 – 4 in Swan Quarte after trailing 3-0 at halftime. Maddox Lee had his first career hat trick while Brooke Baxter scored his first two goals of his young career in the game. Carter Ballance also added a goal for PCA.

Win number three came 2 – 1 over Ridgecroft School. Lee scored two first half goals to bring his season total to seven. It appeared the Raiders would win intact before an own goal shortened the Pungo lead to just one with 10 minutes to play. The Rams had several good looks but keeper Bo Spencer kept the equalizer out of the net to secure the victory. PCA (3-1-1) is on the road again this week with matches against Albemarle School and Washington Montessori.

Tennis: The Lady Raiders tennis team went 1 – 1 last week. PCA earned its first ever conference victory, 8 – 1, over Northeast Academy. Pungo was able to stop its five-match losing skid in doubles with a clean sweep of the Eagles. PCA won five out of six singles matches to clinch the victory.

PCA’s four game winning streak to start the season ended with a 9 – 0 loss to Ridgecroft School. Pungo is now 4 – 1 and hosts Northeast Academy and Lawrence Academy this week.

Volleyball: Pungo extended its winning streak to five games before falling to Kerr Vance Academy in five sets Friday. The Raiders rolled past Northeast Academy at home in three sets. Allison Sawyer had a season high 20 kills, Anna Stoop also had a season high 38 assists while Autumn Gibbs added eight kills and five service aces. The Raiders then defeated Ridgecroft School in straight sets. It appeared that PCA was on their way to a sixth consecutive victory Friday, as the Raiders won their first two sets 25-13 & 25-15 against Kerr Vance Academy. The Spartans clawed back, defeating PCA 25 – 21 and 25 – 23 to force a decisive game five. PCA was unable to regain momentum as the Spartans came back to win 15 – 8 and claim the victory. The Lady Raiders are now 5 – 3 and ranked 6th in the latest NCISAA 1A rankings on MaxPreps. They have a crucial week ahead as they travel to top ranked Albemarle School and host second ranked Lawrence Academy Thursday before traveling to Christ Covenant Friday.

Football: The Raiders undefeated season ended Friday night in Wilson. The Raiders, who had not given up a touchdown all season, gave up one too many in a 22-14 loss to Community Christian School. PCA fell behind 14 – 0 in the first after a Cyclones scored off a Raider turnover and a trick play. PCA stalled on two possession inside Community’s 10 yard line in the second, then Community added to their lead in the third, scoring on their first possession of the second half. Things continued to get worse for the Raiders as quarterback Austin Gibbs and defensive tackle Josiah Murray had to leave the game with injuries. Wells Eagles was able to step up as the backup QB and lead Pungo on a long scoring drive and ran in a touchdown and two point conversion. PCA forced a turnover on the next Cyclone possession and Quay Artis scampered for a 40 yard touchdown. The two point conversion failed, but it was now just a one score game.  PCA forced a punt and got the ball with just over two minutes remaining, but couldn’t score. Artis led the Raiders with 147 yards on nine carries and a touchdown. McKinney Waters and Parker Byrd combined for 23 tackles to lead the defense. PCA hosts Columbia in their home opener Friday at 4:00 PM.

Cross Country: PCA hosted the first conference meet of the year Monday. Luke Rouse narrowly defeated Albemarle’s Joseph Dunn in the final stages to take home individual first place. Colin Crocker and Gage Spencer each placed in the top 10 at the meet for the Raiders boys team. Peighton Copes took home the top honors for the Lady Raiders with a third place finish. Older sister Emily Copes finished fourth while newcomers Katie Bowes and Mia Paniagua were fifth and sixth as the hosts won the girls meet.