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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

Soccer team drops opener to Hoggard

The West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team kicked off its season Monday with a 3-0 loss to Mideastern 3A/4A Conference rival Hoggard.

“Hoggard is a very competitive team as always and we really struggled offensively, but our defense had an excellent game,” said West Brunswick coach Laura Libero. “The girls put in such a valiant effort.”

Libero said defenders Katelyn Humbert, Erin Nolan, Monica Young, Amanda Silva and Erin Oepen played well as a group. Goalkeeper Ariel Gravino recorded nine saves.

“They all worked very well together and kept the score down to 3-0. All three goals were scored in the first half. In the second half they kept it at 3-0,” Libero said.

“We really struggled to get any offensive momentum going, but I think that can be attributed to having one practice with our basketball players. That was the first time they’ve had the ball at their feet this year.”

West Brunswick had a conference match scheduled Wednesday at White Oak and a non-conference match slated Thursday at home against Dixon.

Next week, the Lady Trojans will host Ashley on Monday and Laney on Wednesday.

Boys’ Tennis

The West Brunswick boys’ tennis team opened its season Monday with a 6-3 loss at North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Alex Humbert was a winner at No. 6 singles for the Trojans. Caleb Hawkins and Derek Leavitt won at No. 1 doubles, and Jack Donoghue and Chandler Inions won at No. 3 doubles.

West Brunswick had two more road matches scheduled this week—Tuesday at South Brunswick and Thursday at Clinton.

North Myrtle Beach 6

West Brunswick 3

Singles: Martini (NMB) def. Hawkins, 6-3, 6-1; Hadens (NMB) def. B. Mintz, 6-2, 3-6, (10-4); Stanaland (NMB) def. Conness, 6-2, 6-1; Beacham (NMB) def. N. Mintz, 6-0, 6-0; Mooney (NMB) def. Leavitt, 6-0, 6-0; Humbert (WB) def. Livers, 6-3, 6-4.

Doubles: Hawkins/Leavitt (WB) def. NMB, 8-6; NMB def. N. Mintz/B. Mintz, 7-5, 6-2; Donoghue/Inions (WB) def. NMB, 6-2, 2-6, (10-7).

JV Baseball

West Brunswick’s JV baseball team began its season last week by winning two out of three games.

The Trojans opened last Monday with a 10-5 win in eight innings at South Columbus.

Damian Burney had a triple and single, Hunter Allen and Nick Napolitano each had a double and single and Lorenzo Piggott had two hits. Gavin Lane, Justin Cook and Marquise Johnson pitched for West Brunswick.

On Wednesday, West Brunswick posted an 8-4 win at South Brunswick.

Burney was the winning pitcher and Pigott and Cook pitched in relief. Napolitano went 2-for-4 to lead the offense.

The Trojans suffered a 7-5 loss Friday at North Brunswick. Allen went 4-for-4 and Tim Powell, Napolitano and Burney had one hit apiece.