Cedar Ridge Women’s Soccer

Alumni Update: Talley wins SAC Championship with Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer

Emerson Talley: The Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team won the South Atlantic Conference Championship over Catawba at the Mecklenburg County Sports Complex in Matthews on Sunday. The Bears and the Indians played to a 2-2 tie after 110 minutes of action. The Bears claimed the championship after winning 4-2 on penalty kicks. Talley started in the championship game and played 36 minutes. In the semifinals on November 10, the Bears shut out Carson-Newman 2-0. Talley played 67 minutes and fired one shot. Lenoir-Rhyne completed an undefeated run through the South Atlantic Conference, finishing 11-0. They are 15-0-4 overall. The Bears received a #1 seed for the NCAA Division II Tournament and will face Carson-Newman in the opening round on Friday at the Moretz Sports Athletic Complex in Hickory. If the Bears win, they will host the second round game against either Columbus State or Flagler on Sunday afternoon.

Ivy Garner: Garner scored a goal for Liberty in the opening round of the NCAA Division I soccer tournament on Friday. Garner notched the equalizing goal for the Flames in the 72nd minute. Georgia’s Kiera Staude scored the game-winning goal in the 85th minute as Georgia won 2-1, denying Liberty its first NCAA Tournament win. Liberty, the champions of Conference USA, ends the season 16-3-1. As a sophomore, Garner was named first-team All-Conference USA. This season, she started in all 20 of the Flames games. She scored six goals and racked up four assists. She was second on the team with 39 shots and had 19 shots on goal, which was tied for second on the squad. It was Liberty’s eighth Division I NCAA Tournament appearance.

Trenton Gill: The Chicago Bears defeated the Carolina Panthers 16-13 at Solider Field last Thursday night. Gill had six punts for an average of 46.7 yards. One of Gill’s punts was returned for a touchdown by Carolina’s Ihmir Smith-Marsette, which was the only time the Panthers saw the end zone all night. Gill had three punts downed inside the 20-yard line. His longest boot was 62 yards. Chicago is 3-7 and will face Detroit at Ford Field on Sunday.

Payton Wilson: As his career at N.C. State winds down, Wilson continues to rack up the honors. On Wednesday, he was named a finalist for the Bronco Nagurski Trophy, given to the best defensive player in college football. The Wolfpack won its third straight on Saturday, beating Wake Forest 26-6 at Allegacy Stadium in Winston-Salem. Wilson finished with seven tackles, a pass breakup and a quarterback hit. Wilson continues to lead the team in tackles and had two tackles for loss against the Demon Deacons. On Saturday, Wilson will play the last true road game of his career when the Wolfpack take on Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg, VA.

Braxton Mergenthal: The Division III Hampden-Sydney football team’s season came to an end last weekend when #9 Randolph-Macon defeated the Tigers 49-10 at Day Field in Ashland, VA. Mergenthal finished with four tackles for Hampden-Sydney in a rivalry that is considered the Oldest Small School Rivalry in the South. Hampden-Sydney finished the season 6-4 overall, 4-3 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference. Mergenthal played in ten games this season and collected 22 tackles and one fumble recovery.

Joey McMullin: The Division III Methodist men’s basketball team started its season earlier this month. The Monarchs dropped its home opener to Guilford 74-59 at the Riddle Center in Fayetteville on November 8. In his first game at Methodist, McMullin finished with seven points in 22 minutes. He shot 3-of-7 from the field. He also collected two rebounds. Johnson & Wales defeated Methodist 83-73 in Fayetteville on Saturday. McMullin started and scored six points off 3-of-11 shooting from the field. He also had four rebounds and an assist. On Wednesday, Virginia Wesleyan defeated Methodist 61-48 at TowneBank Arena in Virginia Beach, VA. Once again, McMullin started and played 17 minutes. He scored three points off 1-of-5 shooting from the field. McMullin also had a rebound. The Monarchs will travel to Asheville on Saturday to face Warren Wilson College.



Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week: Ianna Pfeifer

This week’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week is soccer midfielder Ianna Pfeifer. In 2023, Pfeifer scored a career-high 23 points as the Cedar Ridge women’s soccer team finished with a 7-13 record. Pfeifer logged a career-high 1,440 minutes of action as one of the senior co-Captains on the team. She notched a hat trick in a 7-0 win over Person on April 17. A four-year member of the Cedar Ridge women’s soccer team, Pfeifer led the team with nine assists this season. She had a goal and two assists in the Red Wolves’ 5-0 win over Northern Durham on February 27. She had a goal and two assists as Cedar Ridge defeated town-rival Eno River in the first-ever matchup between the two teams on April 5 at Red Wolves Stadium. Pfeifer was instrumental in Cedar Ridge getting off to a 4-3 start on the season. After she graduated in June, Pfeifer will attend college at Appalachian State in Boone.

Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week: Fleury Nicholson

This week’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week is sophomore soccer striker Fleury Nicholson This season, Nicholson was the leading scorer for the Cedar Ridge women’s soccer team. She amassed eleven goals and eight assists. Nicholson started the season with a hat trick against Northern Durham on February 27 at James Armstrong Stadium, where the Red Wolves came away with a 5-0 win. Nicholson scored the game-winning goal against Voyager Academy on March 6, a 2-1 victory for Cedar Ridge. In the Red Wolves’ first-ever game against Eno River Academy, Nicholson scored a goal as Cedar Ridge emerged with a 3-1 win at Red Wolves Stadium on April 5. In 34 career games for Cedar Ridge, Nicholson has scored 23 goals and 56 points. As a freshman, Nicholson scored 12 goals. In just her second varsity game, Nicholson had a hat trick in a win over Clover Garden School. In her first varsity game, she scored two goals in Cedar Ridge’s 5-0 win over South Granville. Cedar Ridge ended its regular season on Wednesday night with a 3-0 loss to Walter Williams in Burlington. Cedar Ridge is on the bubble to make the 3A State Playoffs. Regardless, Nicholson will continue to lead Cedar Ridge as she goes on with her career.

Cedar Ridge women’s soccer seniors discuss 7-0 win over Person on Senior Night

The Cedar Ridge women’s soccer team is fighting for a spot in the 3A State Playoffs. It would be the first time they’ve clinched a spot in the postseason since 2019. On Monday night, it was Senior Night for the Red Wolves. Cedar Ridge defeated Person 7-0. Senior Ianna Pfeifer scored a hat trick for the third time in her career against the Rockets. It came after Pfeifer set up the game-winning goal in the Red Wolves win over the North Carolina School of Science and Math last week, which was scored by Sophia Feken. It was the second straight game where Cedar Ridge goalkeeper Addie Reid got a clean sheet. Sarah Carson, Lily Dyslin, Sarah Fenwick, Alexia Gomez, and Stella Fadden also were honored during Senior Night for the Red Wolves. Cedar Ridge improve to 7-6, 2-5 in the Central Carolina Conference. The Red Wolves will travel to Northwood on Wednesday before another important road trip to Western Alamance on Friday. Next Monday, Cedar Ridge will play Orange in the second leg of the Hillsborough Derby. Orange defeated the Red Wolves 1-0 in overtime earlier this month.

Women’s Soccer notebook: Reid finishes with clean sheet, Feken scores goal in Cedar Ridge win; Wimsatt scores two goals in Orange’s win over Person

Women’s soccer: Cedar Ridge 1, North Carolina School of Science and Math 0: With Cedar Ridge fighting for a playoff spot, the Red Wolves broke open a scoreless tie against the North Carolina School of Science and Math off a gorgeous finish from a sophomore.

Sophia Feken scored her first goal of the season with a gorgeous shot over Unicorns goalkeeper Savannah Sullivan with 19:39 remaining in the second half as the Red Wolves defeated NCSSM 1-0 in Durham. The sequence started when senior Ianna Pfeifer took a throw-in and lifted a diagonal pass across the box. Sophomore Fleury Nicholson chased it down and passed it back to Feken, who floated a shot from 20 yards away that went over the head of Sullivan into the roof of the net.

Cedar Ridge struggled to get a shot off in the first half, but junior goalkeeper Addie Reid made five saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless at halftime. Science and Math’s best chance came with 21:50 remaining when Unicorn’s co-Captain Ariel Mercurio took a great pass from classmate Clara Smith. Mercurio was one-on-one with Reid, who made the save on a shot from 12 yards away.

Earlier in the half, Reid knocked.away a cross shot attempt by Callie Stoke that buzzed through the six-years box.

Cedar Ridge (6-6) is currently ranked #33 in the 3A East Region. On April 5, the Red Wolves faced Eno River Academy for the first-ever matchup between the two Hillsborough schools in soccer. Cedar Ridge came away with a 3-1 win at Red Wolves Stadium.

Nicholson scored the game-winning goal in the first half, which was assisted by Pfeiefer. Sophomore Celina Galla added another goal, while Pfeiefer scored a goal and added two assists. Reid earned another win in net making four saves.

Cedar Ridge will return to action tonight to face Person on their Senior Night. Pfeiefer, Sarah Carson, Lily Dyslin, Sarah Fenwick, Alexia Gomez, and Stella Fadden will be honored.

Orange 7, Person 0: Junior Ella Wimsatt scored two goals, including the game-winner, in the 15th minute as Orange defeated Person at Orange Soccer Field on April 4. Wimsatt’s opening tally was assisted by Teresa Rodriguez.

Elliana Sullivan-Gaddy finished with a goal and three assists on the night. Sullivan-Gaddy finished with the second goal off an assist from Channing Mahaney in the 22nd minute. Two minutes later, Wimsatt added her second goal off an assist from Gaddy.

In the opening minute of the second half, Orange goalkeeper Abby Monteith scored her first goal of her career on an assist from Caroline Cathey to increase the Lady Panthers’ lead to 4-0.

In the 61st minute, sophomore Cora Bailey scored the first of her two goals. Bailey would add another in the 70th minute, assisted from Sullivan-Gaddy

Hannah Hummel scored the final goal of the game in the 70th minutes, once again assisted by Sullivan-Gaddy.

Monteith played the first 30 minutes in net and earned the win. She went into the outfield late in the first half and was replaced in net by freshman Alexis Stephens.

Orange reached the third round of the 3A State Playoffs last season, but is playing this year without attacking midfielder Sydney Rogers, who was injured last fall during training.

Orange (5-4-2, 3-3 in the Central Carolina Conference) defeated Walter Williams 3-2 in Burlington on March 20. Isabel Jones, Caroline Cathey and Molly Kruse all scored for the Lady Panthers, which had to bring feeling of revenge for Orange. Last May, Williams defeated Orange in the 3A State Playoffs in a game where Monteith suffered a torn ACL in the second half and had to be replaced with the game tied.

Orange will travel to Western Alamance tonight. On Wednesday, they will face Walter Williams again, this time in Hillsborough. On Thursday, the Lady Panthers will travel to Seaforth.

Cedar Ridge’s Lily Dyslin, Fleury Nicholson & Celine Galla discuss women’s soccer win over Northern Durham

The Cedar Ridge women’s soccer team played through the rain to defeat Northern Durham 3-1 on March 17. Lily Dyslin scored the game-winning goal early in the second half as the Red Wolves defeated the Knights for the second time this season. It was the fourth goal this season for Dyslin and the second time she scored against Northern Durham. Sophomore Fleury Nicholson got the insurance goal for Cedar Ridge. Nicholson also had an assist against Northern. Last season as a freshman, Nicholson led Cedar Ridge with 12 goals. This season, she has scored eight goals, including one at Northwood on March 20. Sophomore Celine Galla scored the game-tying goal against the Knights. It was her second goal of the season. Cedar Ridge is 4-5, 1-3 in the Central Carolina Conference. They will resume its season on Monday night against Walter Williams at Red Wolves Stadium. Kickoff is at 6:45.

Alumni Update: Garner named to Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team for Liberty women’s soccer

Ivy Garner: On Wednesday, Garner was one of four players from Liberty’s women’s soccer team named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman team. Liberty continues to lead the Atlantic Sun Conference with an undefeated league mark. On October 2, Garner scored a goal as the Flames defeated North Alabama 4-1 at Osborne Stadium in Lynchburg, VA. Garner, starting at striker, notched the Flames’ final goal in the 84 minute. Garner also got off four shots, two of them on net. On Saturday, the Flames defeated Eastern Kentucky 3-0 at EKU Soccer Field in Richmond,KY. Garner started at midfield and played 56 minutes. She fired one shot. On October 16, the Flames played a scoreless tie against North Florida in Jacksonville, FL. Garner fired one of only three shots for the Flames. She started and played 56 minutes as a forward. On October 13, the Flames defeated Jacksonville 2-1 at Southern Oak Stadium in Florida. Garner started at forward and played 49 minutes. Liberty defeated Queens University, who is in a transition to Division I from Division II, 2-0 at Osborne Stadium in Lynchburg, VA. Garner started again and played 50 minutes. Liberty is 12-3-3 overall, 8-0-2 in the Atlantic Sun Conference. Garner, who played soccer her freshman year at Cedar Ridge before she transferred to Eno River Academy, has scored three goals and four assists through 15 games in her freshman year with the Flames.

Kayla Hodges: Hodges returned to action this week for the Virginia Commonwealth women’s soccer team. On Sunday, the Rams played to a 3-3 tie against George Mason in SportsBackers Stadium in Richmond, VA. Hodges started on the defensive backline, playing all 90 minutes and got a shot on goal. On October 20, #11 St. Louis defeated the Rams 1-0. Hodges came off the bench to play as a reserve. VCU is 8-2-8 this season, 6-1-3 in the Atlantic 10. The Rams will start play in the Atlantic 10 Tournament against 6th-seeded St. Joseph’s at Sports Backers Stadium on Friday night.

Trenton Gill: In his first Monday Night Football appearance, Trenton Gill had two punts for the Chicago Bears. The Bears defeated the New England Patriots 33-14 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA. In his two punts, Gill averaged 40.5 yards. His longest punt was 46 yards, but his services weren’t required very much because the Bears scored a season-high 33 points. Chicago’s defense forced four turnovers. The Bears are 3-4 after claiming its first road win of the season.

Darius Satterfield: Virginia State defeated Elizabeth City State 34-12 at Roebuck Stadium in Elizabeth City on Saturday. Satterfield, a freshman placekicker for ECSU, had three kickoffs for a total of 112 yards. That’s an average of 37.3 yards per kick. The Vikings are 2-6 overall, 2-4 in the CIAA. ECSU hosts Bowie State at Roebuck Stadium on Saturday.

Lottie Scully: As a freshman, Scully was named the American East Setter of the Week on October 18. Last week, the University of Albany defeated Binghamton 3-2 on scores of 29-27, 21-25, 17-25, 25-22 and 15-9 at University Gym in Albany. Scully had a season-best 52 assists for Binghamton. She also registered three kills, four digs and two blocks. Binghamton is 13-7 overall, 4-2 in the American East.

Avery Miller: The Pitt Community College volleyball team wrapped up its season with a 3-2 win over Louisburg on Thursday. Miller, who played two sets, finished with two kills. Pitt Community College ended the year 13-9 overall, 3-9 in Region X of the National Junior Community College Athletic Association. Miller finished her freshman season with 67 kills and 68 digs.

Emerson Talley: The Division II Lenoir-Rhyne women’s soccer team has completed its regular season as the South Atlantic Conference regular season champions. The Bears defeated #12 Catawba 4-1 to take the regular season crown. Against the Hawks, Talley came off the bench and played six minutes. On October 22, the Bears defeated Newberry 4-0 at Smith Road Complex in Newberry. Talley played 26 minutes. The Bears will start play in the SAC Tournament against Newberry at the Moretz Sports Athletic Campus in Hickory on Saturday.

Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week: Fleury Nicholson

This week’s Cedar Ridge Red Wolf of the Week is freshman women’s soccer striker Fleury Nicholson. This season, Nicholson led the Red Wolves with 12 goals. On April 7, Nicholson had two goals as Cedar Ridge defeated Person 9-0 at Red Wolves Stadium in Hillsborough. Nicholson opened the season scoring two goals as the Red Wolves defeated South Granville 5-0 at Vikings Stadium in Creedmoor. Two nights later, Nicholson had her first career hat trick in her first home game against Clover Garden School. Cedar Ridge defeated the Grizzlies 9-0. Nicholson scored the Red Wolves’ only goal against crosstown rival Orange on April 4 at Red Wolves Stadium. She also scored twice in a 5-0 win over the Durham School of the Arts on April 14. In 12 games this season, Nicholson led the team with 26 points, 33 shots and 26 shots on goal. Cedar Ride went 6-10 this season after losing its all-time goal scorer, Emerson Talley, who graduated in 2021. Nicholson will be a factor for Cedar Ridge women’s soccer for years to come as the Red Wolves look to continue to improve in the Central Carolina Conference.