Carolina Forest captures shutout sweep of Conway

The third time was the charm for the Carolina Forest boys and girls soccer teams, which played for the third time in as many nights on Thursday and finally came away with victories.

The Lady Panthers (9-7 overall, 6-2 Region 6-4A) scored a 3-0 shutout over rival Conway, and the Panthers followed it up with a 2-0 win over the Tigers as both schools closed out the regular season.

The Lady Panthers, who are playoff-bound after earning the No. 2 seed in the region, ended the Lady Tigers’ season by scoring three goals during a seven-minute span in the first half.

Meghan Fludgate scored on an assist from Erica Gazzani in the 19th minute, then added an unassisted goal just four minutes later. Riley Lynch made it a 3-0 advantage in the 26th minute.

Goalkeeper Taylor Gazzani had one save to earn the shutout, and Panthers counterpart Paul Blayton followed suit with a remarkable shutout performance. He made 11 saves and four blocks to blank the Tigers in the season finale for both teams.

Following a scoreless first half, the Panthers (9-9, 4-4) finally got on the board when Ian McIlrath converted an assist by Michael Brooks in the 46th minute. Brooks booted one home eight minutes later to cap the scoring.

Photo by Rancier Photography

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