Poll watching and other tidbits

It’s Monday, so let’s have a look at the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Polls.

Fayetteville Academy (11-2-1) moved up a spot to No. 3 in this week’s Private School Poll, which is impressive when you consider that the team took the week off.

When you’re good, you’re good.

In completely unrelated news, coach Andrew McCarthy’s beloved Boro took a point from my favorite team, Fulham, over the weekend to inch closer to safety in the Premiership. Darron Ward’s Newcastle wasn’t quite so lucky, falling at Spurs, 1-0.

If only Alan Shearer were playing instead of managing…

Village Christian (6-1) is in the also receiving votes list for the poll.

Terry Sanford (10-1-1) is an honorable mention in the 4A Poll,and the Lady Bulldogs have a massive game tonight at home against Lumberton.

Should they complete the season sweep – Terry Sanford won 2-1 at Lumberton on March 18 – coach Bryan Madej’s squad will assure itself a Two Rivers conference title. 

As it stands right now, the magic number (Bulldog wins or Pirates losses) is two.

Over in the Mid-Southeastern, Pinecrest still holds a half-game lead over Jack Britt in the standings. It’s a top-four Monday in the league as the leaders will visit third-place Scotland County, while the Buccaneers will travel to fourth-place Hoke County.

In the 3A ranks, Gray’s Creek (9-5-1) will try to climb into the top four in the Cape Fear Valley when it hosts Overhills today.

On the private school front, Fayetteville Academy, with a 5-0 league mark in the Cape Fear Independent Conference, has a game-and-a-half lead over Village Christian.

They play at the academy on Tuesday.

Cape Fear (8-2-1, 3-2) has a half-game edge over The O’Neal School (3-3, 2-2) for third while Fayetteville Christian (4-6-1, 1-4) and Harrell’s Christian (0-7-1, 0-4) round out the standings.

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2 Responses to “Poll watching and other tidbits”

  1. darron ward Says:

    Yes things are looking very black at the Toon !
    Having seen Shearer train with the team on one of their recent “open houses” then he is still better than half the current team !!
    If we manage to say up I think it will because of teams around us losing rather than us winning – it will be close.
    At least me and Macca will cry in our beer together !!
    So size XXL no 23 Dempsey right ??

  2. Randy Capps Says:

    Yep, that’s correct.

    I watched the Newcastle/Spurs match. It looked like the Toon might nip a point there, but the finishing was really, really poor.

    Boro took the game to us, but I think we still had the better chances.

    I’m pulling for Newcastle and Boro to stay up, but it’s not looking good for either at this point.

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