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Battle for Neuse River Cup begins Monday

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CLAYTON — The 2019 Neuse River Cup, hosted by the Neuse River Futbol Alliance, is set to be played over four days from Aug. 19-26 at East Clayton Community Park.

The nine high schools participating in the tournament include Johnstonian News readership area schools Corinth Holders, Neuse Charter and Smithfield-Selma, along with in-county foes Clayton, Cleveland, Downeast Association of Sports for Homeschoolers (DASH), Southside Christian, South Johnston and West Johnston.

The battle for the cup begins Aug. 19 with an opening-night matchup between DASH and Neuse Charter at 7 p.m. on Field 1.

The following night, the winner of that game will face Clayton on Field 2, while SSS and Cleveland compete on Field 2.

The Pirates and Trojans will play Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. and Southside Christian and West Johnston will play the last game of the night at 8.

The semifinals of the tournament willbe played Aug. 21. The first game will kick off at 6:15, with the second contest at 8.

The championship game will be played the following Monday, Aug. 26, at 7.

Since 1990, a county-wide tournament has been a part of the fall high school boys soccer season. The tournament hosted by the NRFA was originally known as the Smithfield Herald Cup, then became the JUSA Cup before changing to its current name to reflect an expanded mission.

Under the direction of the NRFA, the Neuse River Cup aims to bring “in schools from all areas within our alliance” moving forward, including Eastern Wake, Wilson and Wayne counties.

Admission to the games cost $5 per person. Spectators are encouraged to bring their own chairs and cash-only concessions will be available.