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East Bladen At North Johnston Saturday In Soccer Playoffs

East Bladen’s Eagles, the Three Rivers Conference champions, will travel to North Johnston on Saturday for a 6 p.m. second round game in the NCHSAA Class 2A boys soccer playoffs.

The Eagles (16-3-1) are led by senior Gabe Barber who has scored 21 goals and dished out 21 assists. Junior Garrett Melvin has fired in 15 goals for East Bladen, and senior Jake Evans has racked up 8 goals and 21 assists.

Freshman Malcolm Bolden has also scored 8 goals and delivered 5 assists. Senior Jon Von Rupp has totaled 6 goals and 5 assists.

Junior Jacob Priest has recorded 13 shutouts in goal for the Eagles and has been credited with 37 saves. The Eagles blanked Elizabeth City Northeastern 3-0 in their opening round playoff game.

North Johnston’s Panthers won the championship of the Eastern Plains Conference with a perfect 10-0 record and are 17-5-2 overall. The Panthers edged North Lenoir 2-1 in their first-round playoff game.


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