When Jordan’s Sam Helwig looks back on his high school years, he’ll have plenty of good memories. One of those will be his senior season of lacrosse, when he’ll likely look past the 10-2 drubbing from Apex in the finals of the Eastern regional. Instead, he’ll remember how this Falcon team overcame the loss of all-American Thomas Schmidt, a 1-4 start and a difficult schedule to reach the state final four.
MILLBROOK GOAL WITH 14 SECONDS LEFT ELIMINATES PAC-6 CHAMP JORDAN 1-0
Jordan surrendered its home field to Millbrook in a 1-0 loss during the second round of the 4-A playoffs on Friday.
Millbrook’s Rachel Adamkowski fed Cailyn Boch, who booted the ball past Jordan goalie Genevieve Whitcomb with 14 seconds left in the second half.
The first half was a grudge match at midfield, but Millbrook separated during the final 40 minutes with ball control.
“We minimized the number of mistakes in midfield in the second half,” Millbrook coach Matt Edwards said. “We won a lot more balls. They dominated the midfield in the first half. A little adjustment, a little more fight in us in the second half. We won more balls in the middle of the field. By winning balls there, we created more chances, kept the ball more. Their forwards are so good, so the more they have the ball, the worse we are. Keeping them off the ball as much as we can in the second half was really just as important as creating chances.”
Those Jordan forwards Edwards was talking about are Rachel Hill, Stephanie Quintanilla, Millicent Blivin and Alyssa Whicker.
“Those four are excellent,” Jordan coach Sarah Kaneko said.
The game plan to counter Millbrook’s strong midfield was to have Jordan’s forwards controlling the ball out wide, Kaneko said.
But the Falcons didn’t possess the ball well enough to get it to their forwards, Blivin said.
And in a punishing state championship quarterfinals playoff Friday night, Jordan won 10-8 to advance to the semifinals on Tuesday against the winner of Apex and Green Hope.
Jordan goalkeeper Genevieve Whitcomb has been on a journey of self-discovery in the net as a sophomore. When Laney midfielder Anna Rae Porcelli stepped in front of her and shot with 7:22 left in the second half of a white-knuckle playoff game with the outcome on the line she took another step down that path.
Callie Sherr scored once in each half Wednesday night as Jordan clinched the PAC-6 4-A women’s soccer title over second place East Chapel Hill 2-1.
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Riverside has been unbeatable in the 4-A PAC-6 and on Friday against struggling Jordan was nearly unhittable with Pirates southpaw Will Hibbard combining with reliever Blake Morgan on a one-hitter in a 5-0 home win.
Jordan track coach Chris Starkey is hanging up his whistle to pursue opportunities as an assistant principal, which made winning the boys’ PAC-6 title in his final meet all that sweeter.
Just in the nick of time for its seniors, the Jordan boys’ track team finally won a PAC-6 4-A Track & Field Championship. Hillside’s girls overpowered the field and grabbed the girls’ PAC-6 title, senior long jumper Imari McLean leading the way.
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Jason Tudryn, who took Carrboro High School into the varsity football ranks and came within an eyelash of winning a state title in his sixth season at the helm, has left the program to join the staff of North Carolina coach Larry Fedora. ... Plus, rain claims much of Tuesday's schedule including some dual-team tennis playoff action, PAC-6 4-A track championships and PAC-6 golf championship.
Durham Academy's Will Beischer fires a 3-under 69 to lap the field at the annual Durham High School Invitational golf tournament at Treyburn Country Club Wednesday. DA also won the team title, finishing ahead of Trinity School of Durham & Chapel Hill.
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