Nighthawks to play for State Championship

By on November 15, 2023

Junior keeper Colin Rhodes surveys the field during Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over Greenville Rose. (Photos by Anna Rogers/Shorelines Yearbook)
Senior Burke Powers heads the ball toward a teammate. (Photos by Anna Rogers/Shorelines Yearbook)
Junior Taylor Summerton makes a run through the midfield in the win over Rose. (Photos by Anna Rogers/Shorelines Yearbook)
Coach Juan Ramirez holds up the regional championship trophy as the Nighthawks celebrate around him. (Photos by Anna Rogers/Shorelines Yearbook)
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Junior keeper Colin Rhodes surveys the field during Tuesday night's 2-0 victory over Greenville Rose. (Photos by Anna Rogers/Shorelines Yearbook)
Senior Burke Powers heads the ball toward a teammate. (Photos by Anna Rogers/Shorelines Yearbook)
Junior Taylor Summerton makes a run through the midfield in the win over Rose. (Photos by Anna Rogers/Shorelines Yearbook)
Coach Juan Ramirez holds up the regional championship trophy as the Nighthawks celebrate around him. (Photos by Anna Rogers/Shorelines Yearbook)
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By Anna Rogers | Shorelines Yearbook
Outer Banks Voice

The emotions were flowing Tuesday night as the top-ranked First Flight men’s soccer team took the field against No. 2 seed Greenville Rose with a trip to the state championship game on the line. Screaming, crying, chanting, cheering, cow bells ringing, jumping up and down in the packed stands – and then the celebration at the end of a dominant 2-0 Nighthawk victory.

“We were all crying at the end because we have accomplished so much and we have never made it so far together and it really just felt great,” senior Curren Breiholz said.

In the Nighthawks’ toughest challenge yet in the playoffs, Breiholz led the offensive attack that kept up the pressure the entire game. After several corner kicks and other good opportunities, First Flight finally broke through in the 30th minute when senior Ben Stamp sent a perfect through ball to streaking senior Cam Summerton, who made one move on the charging keeper and then fired the ball into the right side of the net for a 1-0 lead.

Midway through the second half, Breiholz got dragged down in the box on a great run, and senior Kai Reece converted the penalty kick for an important insurance goal. The Nighthawks kept up the pressure throughout and Rose only had a few good scoring chances.

“It feels amazing being a leader. I was super locked in and super focused,” Breiholz said. “There were no nerves in my body. During the middle of the game we were all confident and super ready, but we knew that we couldn’t get cocky because they are a really great team.”

Senior keeper Colin Rhodes made several key saves and the defense sparked by juniors Lucas Cook, Seth Albright and Taylor Summerton and sophomores Sam Baldwin and Marvin Hernandez prevented Rose from having many good chances.

It all set up a huge celebration from the packed stands, with the night ending with the NCHSAA 3A Eastern Regional Championship trophy presentation. Now the Nighthawks are one win away from the ultimate prize.

“I had all the confidence in the world that if we play the game that we have been playing, we have been teaching them, that we can make it all the way,” coach Juan Ramirez said. “I feel very fortunate to have made it this far and to be able to coach these kids because they are a team, but really, they are a family. I love our student section. They make our games better and I feel like they help our players play to show off and leave everything on the field. I feel like a lot of people are going to show up for the championship game because they are so supportive.”

Wednesday morning, the NCHSAA announced the schedule for this weekend’s championships, with the 3A game taking place Saturday at 11 a.m. The 3A championship will feature both No. 1 seeds – the only one of the four brackets in which the top teams made it through to the finals at the Bryan Park Truist Soccer Complex just north of Greensboro. The Hickory High Red Tornadoes topped Enka 1-0 in Tuesday’s western regional final and come in with a record of 23-2-2. Hickory is the defending 3A champ, knocking off Jacksonville 2-1 last year after losing 1-0 to Western Alamance in the 2021 title game. Hickory won its first men’s soccer championship in 2001.

First Flight (21-0-1) will appear in the men’s title game for the fifth year, losing 2A titles in 2013, 2014 and 2017 and bringing home its lone state championship in 2016 with a 4-0 win against Chase at NC State. The Nighthawks’ seasons were ended the last two years by the teams that ended up facing Hickory in the finals.

The only team FFHS failed to beat this year was Manteo. After beating their conference rival 1-0 at home in double-overtime on Sept. 13., the Nighthawks tied 1-1 in double-OT at Manteo on Oct. 9. For the year, FFHS has scored 101 goals and allowed just six.

Hickory has scored 108 goals this year and allowed 18, but has only been scored on once in the playoffs. The Red Tornadoes started the year 4-2-2 before winning their last 19 games in a row, losing to Charlotte Catholic and Swansboro and tying Hibriten and Hough in the first few weeks of the season.

 


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