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Trojans drop a pair of league games

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Adrian Santamaria nets a pair of penalty kick goals in West Brunswick losses

By Sam Hickman

 SHALLOTTE – The West Brunswick High School varsity boys’ soccer team plays several freshmen and sophomores in one of the toughest soccer conferences in the Tar Heel State.

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The team has exceeded preseason expectations, but ran into a pair of buzzsaws last week in Hoggard and Topsail.

A powerhouse Hoggard squad handed West Brunswick (5-6-1, 1-4-1) a 9-1 defeat Sept. 28 in Wilmington.

Junior forward Alex Younts, who is West’s leading scorer, netted a second-half goal to avoid a shutout. Sophomore goalkeeper Cameron Therrian assisted on the goal and also contributed 10 saves.

Two days earlier on Sept. 26, the league’s top 3A team, Topsail, traveled to M.H. Rourk Stadium in Shallotte and left with a 6-0 shutout victory over the Trojans.

The conference losses came on the heels of one of West Brunswick’s top performances of the season. 

The Trojans battled Class 4A Ashley High School to a 2-2 draw in Shallotte on Sept. 21.

Trailing 2-1 midway through the second half, senior Raul Hernandez dished a perfect pass to Younts, who beat the goalie in a one-on-one matchup and slid the ball into the corner of the net to even the score.

A thunderstorm halted play and the game was officially ruled a 2-2 draw.

West Brunswick’s Adrian Santamaria scored the Trojans’ first goal with a penalty kick in the first half. Therrian made nine saves against the Screaming Eagles.

The Trojans nearly pulled off one of the greatest upsets in program history Sept. 19 at New Hanover.

The teams entered the halftime break tied, 1-1, but New Hanover’s Hamilton Willis notched a second-half goal to give the Wildcats a 2-1 victory.

Santamaria scored on a penalty kick in the first half and Therrian registered a season-high 15 saves in the losing effort.

Reed Franck scored a goal for New Hanover and Ross Hibbert had an assist.

The Trojans were scheduled to play county rivals South Brunswick on Tuesday, Oct. 3, and North Brunswick on Thursday, Oct. 5.