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SSS tops Neuse at The Brittany XV

All 5 teams in action at annual Wilson showcase

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WILSON — With all five teams in the Johnstonian News readership area competing in the 15th annual Brittany T. Willis Memorial Scholarship Soccer Showcase this weekend, the highlight was a showdown between hometown rivals Smithfield-Selma and Neuse Charter on Saturday morning at Gillette Soccer Complex.

Fiona Kincaid and Vanessa Sanchez-Torres each netted a hat trick to spark the Lady Spartans to a 6-1 victory, pushing their record to 3-1. Sanchez-Torres and Cristina Martinez-Mata each delivered a pair of assists for the 3-A Greater Neuse Conference Lady Spartans.

Scoring the only goal for the 1-A Carolina Conference Lady Cougars (0-2) was senior Aubri Thomas on a pass by Michaela Casey.

Sportsmanship Award winners were Johanna Pacheco for SSS and Daja Staton for Neuse Charter.

Princeton, also from the 1-A Carolina, rolled to a 5-0 victory over Wilson Beddingfield of the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference. The Lady Bulldogs (2-0) led 3-0 at halftime in handing the Lady Bruins their first loss after a win and a tie.

Ruthie Hester earned the Sportsmanship Award for Princeton.

Following a 2-0 loss Friday to unbeaten Waxhaw Marvin Ridge, Corinth Holders rebounded with a 1-0 win Saturday against Wilmington Laney (2-1-1).

The 4-A Northern Conference Lady Pirates departed The Brittany XV with a 3-1 mark.

Earning Sportsmanship Awards for Corinth Holders were Nicole Worley on Friday and Kaelin Sanderford on Saturday.

North Johnston suffered a 9-0 defeat at the hands of Parrott Academy of Kinston in Friday’s first-round match at The Brittany XV. The 2-A Eastern Plains Lady Panthers dropped to 0-3.

Jessica House earned the Sportsmanship Award from North Johnston, which has competed in all 15 editions of The Brittany. This was Neuse Charter’s first appearance and just the second for Princeton, which previously played in The Brittany XI in 2015. Corinth Holders has played every year since 2011 while this was the eighth appearance for SSS.