ACA Soccer Beats Tuscola

In a WNC showdown the Asheville Christian Academy Lions took out the Mountaineers from Tuscola High School with a hard fought 1-0 victory.

The Lions had numerous scoring opportunities throughout the game and maintained the possession for most of the contest but struggled finishing off those possessions with goals.

Late in the contest the Lions finally broke through. In the final minute of play ACA’s Mary Taylor Jackson hammered home a shot from 25 yards out to give the Lions the thrilling nonconference win.

“The girls played well at Tuscola but our finishing lacked purpose and strength,” said head coach Terry Hughes. “We will look to improve in that aspect moving forward.”

The win pushed the Lion early season record to 3-0. ACA returns to action this week as they travel to Hickory Christian on Tuesday, March 14 and then continue their road trip with games against High Point Christian on Thursday, March 16 and Grace Christian of Raleigh on Friday, March 17.

The Lion golf team is off to a hot start this season. In their first match against Carolina Day School they won by 30 shots outpacing the Wildcats 161-191. Richmond University signee Will Tamplin led the way for the Lions shooting a nine-hole score of 39. Freshman, Mitchell McMahan also posted a 39. Logan Whalen (43) and Coleman Compton (44) closed out the scoring for the Lions.

ACA golf picked up their second win of the year with a 153-191 win over Providence Academy. Tamplin again paced the way with a low score of 35. Whalen finished with a 39 and Compton came home with a 43. The Lions are now 2-0 on the young season with matches this week against Veritas Christian Academy and Polk County High School.

The Lion baseball team opened up play at home this week with a close 11-10 loss to Westminster Catawba but knocked off Polk County 7-3 to finish off their first week of action at 1-1. The baseball squad will square off against Hickory Christian on the road on Tuesday, March 14. They will play at home on Friday, March 17 against Carmel Christian and then travel to Westchester Country Day on Saturday, March 18.

The ACA cross country team had their first meet last week at Polk County High School. Two Lion winners at the meet were Gray Jackson who took home the high jump with a jump of 5’10”. Reese Collie won the 1,600 meter race with a time of 4:46:09. The Lions will compete again this week on Friday, March 17 in a meet against AC Reynolds High School.

For more information about ACA athletics visit www.ashevillechristian.com. You can follow all the updated action on Twitter @ACAAthletics.

By Jonathan Bennett

About Shelby Harrell
Shelby Harrell is the news editor of the Biltmore Beacon, editor of The Guide arts and entertainment publication and is a staff writer for Mountaineer Publishing. Originally from Asheville, she has worked in journalism for more than six years and currently lives in Clyde, NC.