The Asheville Christian Academy rivalry with its crosstown opponent, Carolina Day School, continued last week in a thrilling contest between the school’s soccer teams.

The match remained scoreless until deep into the second half when Carolina Day found the back of the ACA net to take the one goal lead. However, with two minutes to play, ACA’s Graham Collie shot from twenty yards out hitting the crossbar.

The rebound found Patton Johnson who followed up Collie’s shot and pushed the ball past the Carolina Day keeper sending the game into overtime. After two ten-minute overtimes the scored remained tied 1-1.

The match moved to penalty kicks. Both goalkeepers saved the first attempts but after ACA’s Ben Michael and Jaron Richardson blasted home their penalties, Graham Collie finished things off by scoring the final kick in the shootout giving the Lions the win. Garrett Ward led the Lions in goal and helped ACA to its second shootout win this season.

The ACA tennis team rolled to another conference victory last week defeating the Eagles from Rabun Gap 8-1. The Lions won five singles matches and all three doubles matches. Winners in singles included Mayla Hetzel (#1 singles, 6-0, 6-0), Addi Moyers (#2 singles, 6-0, 6-1), Lydia West (#3 singles, 6-1, 6-2), Sophie Renfro (#4 singles, 6-2, 6-3), and Alaina Cender (#6 singles, 6-1, 6-3).

In doubles action, Hetzel and Moyers won their #1 match 8-0. Cender and West won their #2 match 8-0 and Renfro and Lili Stanley finished things off with an 8-4 victory in their #3 match. The win over Rabun Gap pushes the Lions’ record to 3-7 overall. The Lions take on Carolina Day School in their final regular season match of the season. In the first meeting the Wildcats squeaked by the Lions 5-4.

On the volleyball court, ACA won their only game of the week with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Rabun Gap. The Lions took care of the first game 25-16, cruised to a 25-4 second game and then finished things off with a 25-18 score in the final game. Avery Jackson led the Lions with nine kills and six digs. Riley Shuman added seven kills and Peyton Hightower had six kills. Katie Alexander finished with eleven digs and 28 assists while Mia Burris picked up ten digs in the win.

The Lions are currently 8-2 overall and currently ranked #22 in the state according to the MaxPreps rankings. The NCISAA 3A State tournament is looming for the Lions as they look to secure yet another state championship.

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