In a battle of unbeatens, the Ashley boys soccer team used a four-goal performance from Josh Chapman to roll to a 5-1 victory at Cape Fear Academy on Thursday afternoon.
Chapman, a transfer from Coastal Christian, wasted little time finding the back of the net. He tracked down a header from Alex Bautista and blasted a shot on the ground past CFA keeper Al Cavagnaro in the second minute.
After the Hurricanes knotted up the score in the seventh minute, Chapman went back to work. He volleyed in a perfectly played ball from Juan Bernandez in the 17th minute, and finished his first-half hat trick with a one-touch strike in the 35th minute.
“He is like an Energizer bunny,” first-year Ashley coach Greg Marinich said. “He just doesn't quit. He's scrappy, and that's what we love about having him up top.”
Chapman put the finishing touches on his amazing performance with a header off a corner kick in the 65th minute.
“It's always good to score, but it is my teammates who create the chances,” Chapman said.
The Screaming Eagles (4-0) finished with 10 shots on goal. CFA (4-1-2) had seven.
It was a tough turnaround game for Ashley after a physical 2-1 victory at Jack Britt on Wednesday night.
“We didn't play our best ball. I think maybe we played a little nicer last night,” Marinich said. “I guess the mark of a decent team is that you can get the job done even when you aren't playing at your best.”
The final goal of the game came in the 68th minute, when Josh Barnello curved in a free kick from just outside the box.
Tony Batchler put a head on a Landon Pierpan corner kick for the Hurricanes' lone goal.