PCA update: soccer Raiders claim title

Published 11:43 am Tuesday, October 17, 2023

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Soccer: The PCA boys soccer team took home the Tar Heel Independent Conference Tournament championship with an exciting 1-0 victory over Ridgecroft School. Sophomore Brody Tooley scored the lone goal off a corner kick from classmate Bruce Taylor just minutes before halftime. Maddox Lee was named TIC Player of the Year and TIC Tournament MVP after the match. Lee is just the second player in school history to win both honors. Austin Garrish, Brandon Tooley and Bo Spencer all were named to the All-Conference team. Bruce Taylor joined Garrish and Tooley on the All-Tournament team. Head coach Victor Chavez was named TIC Coach of the Year for the second time. PCA earned the third overall seed in this week’s NCISAA 1A boys soccer tournament and host #6 Ridgecroft School Thursday. The Raiders were also paired with Ridgecroft last year and lost 5-1 as the second seed. The Raiders will hope for a different outcome as they look to win the first playoff game in program history.

Volleyball: The Lady Raiders fell in five sets to Lawrence Academy in the TIC Tournament semifinal. PCA won the first two sets before the Warriors rallied to tie the match and force a fifth and final set. Lawrence carried their momentum into the final set and never let the Raiders get close and advanced to the championship game. The loss ends an eight year streak of Pungo playing for a TIC Tournament championship and the its first time since 2016 that someone other than PCA has won the tournament. Autumn Gibbs, Anna Stoop and Allison Sawyer were named to the TIC All-Conference team while Gibbs was also selected to the TIC All-Tournament team. The Lady Raiders earned the #2 overall seed in this week’s NCISAA 1A tournament. They received a double bye to the quarterfinals and will host either United Faith Christian of Charlotte, Victory Christian of Charlotte, or Cresset Christian of Durham Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Football: The PCA 8-man football team found themselves up 12 – 6 just three minutes in to the first quarter after Quay Artis scored on the Raiders first offensive snap of the game and Braeden Armstrong recovered a fumble in the endzone for a touchdown. After that, it was all Halifax Academy as the #2 ranked team outscored the Raiders 52 – 0 in the final three and a half quarters. The Raiders were missing three injured players to start the game, leaving them with just 10 healthy players. Wells Eagles and Austin Gibbs, the first and second string quarterbacks, were sidelined the entire second half with injuries leaving Pungo with just eight players in the second half. Artis took over at QB and led PCA on several nice drives and finished with over 200 all-purpose yards. McKinney Waters and Parker Byrd led the defense with over 10 tackles each. PCA will host Bethel Christian Academy on Friday in their final regular season game. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m.

Cross Country: The PCA Cross Country team traveled to Ridgecroft School on Monday for their TIC Championship meet. Luke Rouse finished second overall in the boys division and Mia Paniagua finished in the top four for the girls, with both players receiving All-Tournament plaques for their performances. Rouse was also named to the All-Conference team for finishing second overall in the conference. Both teams will compete at next week’s NCISAA Championships at WakeMed park in Raleigh. The girls are currently ranked 6th while the boys are ranked 9th.

Tennis: The Lady Raiders Tennis team has earned the #5 seed in this week’s NCISAA 1A Tennis Tournament. They will travel to 4th ranked Lawrence Academy on Thursday for their quarterfinal matchup. The Raiders lost both matches with the Warriors earlier this season, by scores of 7-2 and 6-3. A win on Thursday would not only be their first ever win against Lawrence but also the programs first ever playoff victory. The match is scheduled to start at 5:00.