On Thursday evening, Apex Friendship, ranked 15th, emerged victorious with a score of 2-1 over Chapel Hill, ranked 6th. As a result, Apex Friendship will advance to the regional round of the NCHSAA state playoffs.
The game began with Chapel Hill showing great energy and scoring the first goal. Arne Naess, a sophomore defender, made a chip-shot goal that went over Patriot goalie Evan Patterson’s head.
Apex Friendship mirrored the Tigers’ objective through Patrick Dion’s determination. During a fast-paced play, junior Hayden Joyce took a clear shot, but was thwarted by junior goalie Aslan Jennings. However, Dion quickly followed up on Joyce’s attempt and scored off of Jennings’ block, resulting in a tied game of 1-1.
Dion assisted in scoring the Patriots’ second goal through a corner kick chance.
Dion took a corner kick that was well-positioned, making it difficult for either the Patriots or Tigers to score. Senior Alex Miller retrieved the loose ball from the other side of the corner and took advantage of the open space to take a successful shot and score.
Apex Friendship has increased their advantage to 2-1.
During the latter part of the game, Apex Friendship’s defense successfully prevented Chapel Hill from equalizing the score.
Chapel Hill managed to make some effective shots, but Patterson and his defenders were able to withstand them until the end of the game.
After their victory, Apex Friendship will move on to the Regional round on November 14th, where they will face the winner of the No. 13 Cardinal Gibbons and No. 1 Leesville Road game.