Odds and Sods: Mendez scores hat trick in final home game for Cedar Ridge soccer; tennis, golf

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Updated: October 26, 2021

Men’s Soccer: Cedar Ridge 6, Eastern Alamance 0: The waiting has started for the Cedar Ridge men’s soccer team.

The Red Wolves decisively defeated Eastern Alamance 6-0 in its final home game of the season on Tuesday night at Red Wolves Stadium. Going into the game, the Red Wolves were listed at the top of the “First Four Teams Out” in the latest 3A State Soccer Pairings by HighschoolOT.com. Cedar Ridge did its part to improve its standing on Tuesday.

Cedar Ridge junior forward Chris Mendez scored a hat trick. Mendez ended the year with a team-leading 13 goals.

Freshman Edwin Hernandez-Huerta had two goals and an assist. Hernandez-Huerta had eight goals and an assist.

Another freshman, Melvin Alvarado, scored his first goal for the Red Wolves. Junior Evan Marty assisted on two goals.

The Red Wolves conclude the regular season 7-12-1, 5-5-1 in the Central Carolina Conference. The brackets for the 3A State Soccer Tournament will be released on Saturday.

Orange 9, Eastern Alamance 2: To conclude its season, the Orange men’s soccer team tied a season-high nine goals in a victory over Eastern Alamance on Monday night in Mebane.

Junior Tyler Mann had the first hat trick of his career. Mann doubled his goal output for the season.

In his final game, senior Carter Thompson scored two goals. Thompson, the son of Orange graduates Roger and Cindy Thompson, also had an assist. He wrapped up the year with six goals and two assists.

Juniors Cooper Zinn, Dylan Silverman and Bryan Membreno also had goals for Orange. Freshman Konner Johnson had a goal and an assist.

Senior Jasper Tyll, a co-Captain, had an assist in his Orange farewell. Junior Cayden Cieutat assisted on another goal.

Orange finished the season 7-12-1 overall, 4-7-1 in the CCC.

Women’s Tennis: The Orange women’s tennis team, after winning its first-ever match in the 3A State Dual Team Tennis Tourament, fell in the second round to Cape Fear 5-2 on Tuesday.

Sophomore Erin Sollars had a straight sets win in #6 singles for Orange. Sollars won her match against Wilson Fike last Tuesday in the Lady Panthers’ 5-3 win, which sent them to the round of 16 for the first time in school history.

At #6 singles, Tea Jones won in her final match for Orange. Jones won both of her singles matches in the team playoff.

In terms of wins, this was the most successful Orange season in team history. The Lady Panthers finished 16-5. Orange’s doubles team of Jera Hargrove & Erin Sollars will compete in the 3A State Doubles Championship this Friday at the Burlington Tennis Center. Hargrove & Sollars will face Dabney Osbourne & Emily Mitchum of J.H. Rose in the opening round.

Women’s Golf: Samantha Durham completed in the 3A State Women’s Golf Championships for Orange on Monday and Tuesday at the Foxfire Golf and Resort Club in Pinehurst. Durham became the first Lady Panther golfer to compete in the State Golf Championships since Amanda Hill in 2015.

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