DUBLIN — The Eagles of East Bladen High got four goals from Joel Cromartie en route to an 8-0 thrashing of West Bladen High on Wednesday in a match that was halted with 7 minutes left in regulation because of rough play.
The Waccamaw Conference win puts East Bladen at 8-8-3 overall, 5-5-1 in the conference. The Knights fall to 3-14, 0-11.
Cromartie gave the Eagles all they would need with a goal barely 1 minute into the match. He added his second goal a little more than 8 minutes later for a 2-0 edge.
Hastin McGill scored an unassisted goal at the 25-minute mark and, 2 minutes later, Cromartie took a pass from Ryan Baxley and fired in a 15-yarder for a 4-0 East Bladen lead.
Isreal Evans got in on the scoring at the 36-minute mark, tying the Eagles’ career scoring record of 77 goals with a shot that found the back of the net and gave East Bladen a 5-0 lead. Cameron West assisted on the goal and then followed up just before the half ended with a goal off a penalty kick.
In the second half, Cromartie scored his fourth goal of the match just past the 11-minute mark and, 5 minutes later, Evans broke the school scoring record with his 78th career score to seal the win.
— Israel Evans posted a hat trick on Monday against visiting North Brunswick High to lead East Bladen High past the Scorpions in a Waccamaw Conference match, 4-3.
The win improves the Eagles to 7-8-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the conference.
North Brunswick opened the scoring 11 minutes into the contest, but East Bladen knotted things up 7 minutes later when Joel Cromartie booted in a goal.
Evans began to take over moments later and tallied a pair of goals during a 10-minute span to give the Eagles a 3-1 lead. But the Scorpions stung East Bladen with a goal as the half wound down on a penalty kick to cut the deficit to 3-2.
Evans earned his hat trick with a goal early in the second half and gave the Eagles a 4-2 edge, but the Scorpions found the back of the net with about 12 minutes left to pull within 4-3. They could not find the game-tying goal.
— Lucas McNeill ended West Bladen High’s scoring drought on Monday, but the Knights fell on the road at Red Springs High in a non-conference match, 5-1.
The loss drops West Bladen to 3-13 overall, while the Red Devils improved to 9-5-1.
Red Springs scored a trio of goals in less than five minutes time in the first half for a 3-0 lead before McNeill found the back of the net with a goal at the 25:07 mark of the first half. McNeill took a pass from Cameron Winebarger, took the ball to within 10 yards and put the Knights on the board. It was the first West Bladen goal in more than four matches.
Red Springs answered about 6 minutes later, however and took a 4-1 edge into halftime.
The Red Devils added a goal about 10 minutes into the second half to seal the win.
Brett Jackson was credited with 15 saves in the nets for the Knights.