Latanya Cain Collects 4 goals in Pats' 6-0 Win
Wednesday night at Pinecrest, Patriot senior-forward Latanya Cain proved on the pitch why she is a blue-chip high school soccer star, as she helped her team deal cross-county rival Union Pines a 6-0 drubbing.
On her way to scoring four goals on the night, Cain simply dominated play. She juked and shook off Vike defenders all match, leaving them in the dust time after time after time. Cain, who will be playing her soccer this fall at North Carolina State University, demonstrated Wednesday that she was on a different level, basically doing whatever she wanted while dribbling, making twenty to thirty-yard runs, distributing the ball well on sends, crosses and drops, and racking up a 50 percent scoring percentage on eight shots.
Cain scored Pinecrest's first goal in the 9th minute of play, when she received a thru-ball from Sarah White, near the thirty. She then raced past the Viking defense into the top-left corner of box, made a cut, ran parallel to the goal and unleashed a rocket that found the back of the net to give the Patriots an early 1-0 lead. Less than two minutes later, Morgan Maples scored on a one-timer, via a drop from Lindsey Anderson, to give Pinecrest a 2-0 advantage with 29:49 remaining in the first half. The Patriots would score their third and final goal of the first stanza in the 26th minute, when Amber Fernandez fired a missile from 22-yards out that flew between the posts and put the Pats up 3-0.
Pinecrest plainly dominated possession of the ball in the first half. The Patriots out shot the Vikings 17-3 in the opening period and had six corner kicks while Union Pines had none. In the second half, it was more of the same, as Union Pines could not pose any serious scoring threat. In fact, the Vikes did not manage to get a single shot off in the final stanza, while eight different Patriots combined for seventeen second-half Pinecrest shots.
Cain was able to put three of those shots in the back of the net and the Patriots went on to blank the Vikings 6-0. In the half, her scoring percentage was an amazing 75 percent. Her second goal of the game came in the 52nd minute on a breakaway. Then she picked up a hat trick on another breakaway shot with 15:14 left in the match. Cain's fourth and final score of the night came with 3:08 left to play, when Morgan Maples sent a ball to her near the twenty-five which she collected, dribbled into the box and blasted into the goal from pointblank range.
With the non-conference win, Pinecrest improved to 6-1-1 on the year. Union Pines is now 5-3-1. The Vikings and Patriots have met four times in girls' soccer. In those matches, Pinecrest has totaled 27 goals while Union Pines has not managed to score.
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