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No. 2 Ellerbe blanks No. 3 Hamlet, No. 1 Rockingham survives in PKs

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No. 2 Ellerbe's Mariana Gonzalez Aguilar scored two goals to eliminate No. 3 Hamlet on Wednesday. No. 2 Ellerbe's Mariana Gonzalez Aguilar scored two goals to eliminate No. 3 Hamlet on Wednesday. Kyle Pillar — Sports Editor.

The top two girls’ middle school soccer teams will meet in the playoff championship next week.

No. 2 Lady Wildcats blank No. 3 Hamlet

An in-county matchup between the Ellerbe Middle School and Hamlet Middle School girls’ soccer teams on Wednesday resulted in a shutout win for the No. 2 Lady Wildcats.

Playing on their home field, the Lady Wildcats cruised past Hamlet 4-0. Ellerbe took a 1-0 lead into halftime before adding three goals in the final 30 minutes.

Mariana Gonzalez Aguilar, who scored two goals for Ellerbe, netted her first one in the 10th minute on a shot from 10 yards along the back post.

Two minutes into the second half, Gonzalez Aguilar scored again, this time making a charge down the left side before blasting a shot into the net.

In the 34th minute, Lucero Morales extended the lead with a goal from inside the box. She sent a low bouncer into the net from 10 yards.

Capping the scoring and helping send the Lady Wildcats to the title game was a penalty kick by Yamileth Jaimes Benitez in the 48th minute.

Hamlet finished its season with an 8-3 overall record.

No. 2 Ellerbe (9-1) will face top-seeded Rockingham (10-0) for the championship on Tuesday. The game will start at 4:30 p.m. and be played at Richmond Senior High School.

It will be the third meeting between the two teams in the last five years in the championship match. Rockingham won both previous matches (2017, 2019).

No. 1 Lady Rockets edge No. 4 Sandy Grove in PKs

Rockingham’s Addison Butler (3) scored a PK in Wednesday’s win over Sandy Grove. (Deon Cranford/The Richmond Observer)

Sixty minutes wasn’t enough time to decide a winner during Wednesday’s semifinal girls’ soccer match between No. 1 Rockingham and No. 4 Sandy Grove.

A scoreless match went into penalty kicks, which saw the Lady Rockets earn a 1-0 win and advance to the championship match.

Taking five penalty kicks apiece, Rockingham avoided the upset by outshooting the Lady Panthers 2-1.

Addison Butler and Laney Dawkins both found the back of the net for the Lady Rockets, and goalkeeper Jada Scott made two saves to preserve the win.

The Lady Rockets will face No. 2 Ellerbe for the championship on Tuesday.

Note: Coach Asheley Turner, sports editor Kyle Pillar and contributor Deon Cranford submitted scores and details for this article. No other stats or information were reported by the time of publication.

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Kyle Pillar

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