All of the high-scoring efforts of the Williams High School boys’ soccer team have drawn attention.

The defense is doing the job, too, for the Bulldogs.

Williams smothered visiting Franklinton in a 5-0 victory in the second round of the Class 3-A state playoffs Saturday night at Burlington Memorial Stadium.

“From top to bottom, we played well,” Williams coach Jeremy Krist said. “I thought we were locked in defensively. Our defense was lights out.”

The Bulldogs (22-3), who are the No. 3 seed in the East Region, will take on No. 11 seed East Chapel Hill (16-6-3) in a third-round game Wednesday at home.

Williams broke away from Franklinton (20-6-1) with four second-half goals.

Much of the defensive effort was attributed to Dallin Vandre, Ty Thompson, Ian Wagoner, Chris Gutierrez and Ryan Weaver. Plus, goalkeeper Andre Rincon was charted for 12 saves.

Vandre scored in the first half. Brennan Lagana, Gui Vasconcelos, Ramiro Vera and Jorge Alfaro all scored for the Bulldogs. Alfaro posted two assists, while Lagana and Vasconcelos each had one assist.

“We’re just a super-fit team,” Krist said of the second-half surge. “Teams kind of run out of gas because we throw so much at them.”

It was a bitter cold evening especially after playing much of the season during an often-warm autumn. Krist said the Bulldogs should be prepared for more of the chilly temperatures that are in the forecast for this week’s game.

Williams and East Chapel Hill haven’t met in more than a decade.

• NEW HANOVER 5, WESTERN ALAMANCE 0: At Wilmington, the host Wildcats scored four first-half goals in the Class 3-A second-round game.

New Hanover (17-4-3) is unbeaten in its last nine games and delivered its second shutout of the state playoffs.

Western Alamance (16-6-2) was unable to pull off another road victory in the postseason.

 

Boys' basketball

Friday night at Graham, Grace Christian School pulled away from host River Mill in the second half to claim a 77-51 victory in a non-conference game.

The Crusaders (1-0) outscored River Mill 42-16 to break a 35-35 halftime tie.

Chase Mebane led the Jaguars (0-2) with 20 points. Cameron Lutterloh added 14 and Corey Suffern chipped in 12.