WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - In a much lower scoring affair than last year, New Hanover managed to put across a goal in the first half en route to a 1-0 win over Ashley.
Declan Payne scored on a penalty kick, which would prove to be the deciding goal, despite both teams finishing with multiple scoring opportunities.
Last season, the Wildcats ended Ashley's undefeated season and 18-game win streak with a 4-1 win.
Hoggard defeated West Brunswick on the road, 9-0. The Vikings and Wildcats will meet Thursday in a conference matchup.