SWANSBORO — The Croatan boys soccer team solidified its spot atop the 3A Coastal Conference standings on Thursday with a 3-0 victory at Swansboro.

The Cougars improved to 11-2-1 overall and 6-0 in league play with the victory. Since starting their conference schedule, the Cougars have only allowed one goal in a 5-1 win over Dixon. 

The win over the Pirates (8-7 overall) gives Croatan a healthy lead for first place, with the Bucs in second at 3-2 and West Carteret in third at 3-3.

Danny Metcalf, Eli Simonette and Isaac Beasley each scored a goal in the win, while Ward Melton and Simonette provided an assist apiece. 

In the net, Eugene Wilson recorded eight saves to give the Cougars their fifth straight clean sheet.

Croatan will play at Richlands (9-7-1) on Tuesday. 

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