Hollingsworth's hat trick sends Central to AAC final

From staff reports
Posted 5/11/22

Harnett Central's late goal Tuesday punched its ticket to the All American Conference Girls Soccer Tournament championship.

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Hollingsworth's hat trick sends Central to AAC final

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ANGIER — After watching the visiting sideline erupt following a late equalizer, the All American Conference's points leader immediately had the answer for her Harnett Central girls soccer team Tuesday.

Ava Hollingsworth fired a deep shot from the left side past Terry Sanford's keeper with just over eight minutes to go, ultimately sealing a 3-2 victory in the league tournament semifinal. 

Second-seeded Central (15-4) advances to Wednesday's championship match, hosting No. 5 Overhills (8-8-1).

The Lady Trojans junior accounted for all three of the team's goals while helping earn a fourth straight victory in the process. 

The Lady Bulldogs (11-12), who were riding a five-game win streak that included an opening-round victory over Triton on May 6, tied it at 2 by scoring with just over nine minutes left. 

Emily Parker and Sinai Avalos Beltran each added an assist for Central.  

Lady Jags get past top seed 

Overhills used early offense to gain a 2-1 road victory at top-seeded Pine Forest on Tuesday.

The two teams were separated by just one goal during the regular season – a 1-0 Pine Forest win on April 26, followed by a 1-all draw in Fayetteville on April 29.  

Melanie San Juan and Megan Lewis accounted for the Lady Jags' goals, with San Juan also providing an assist.  

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