Lady Vikes Win 1-0
The Union Pines girls’ soccer team defeated Gray’s Creek 1-0 in a Cape Fear Valley Conference match Wednesday at Woodrow Wilhoit Stadium.
Freshman Madison “Maddie” Kramer scored the game-winning goal in the 49th minute, when she slammed a shot into the net after a cross from deep in the right corner by senior Anna Pilson. It was Kramer’s first career goal as a Lady Vike.
Union Pines was disjointed throughout the opening half of play as they managed only one shot, while the Lady Bears got off five shots. However, the Vikings opened the second half much more organized in their attack, taking only five shots in the stanza but sending each attempt on goal including Kramer’s game-winner.
The Vikes dominated possession for a vast majority of the second half, however Gray’s Creek (2-5, 1-1) did manage to mount one serious charge. Starting at the 15:52 mark, the Bears fired four shots on goal in less than a three-minute span that ended with a spectacular save by Cristina Morcom, who deflected a point-blank blast over the cross bar with 12:57 remaining in regulation to preserve the shutout.
Morcom finished with six saves on the night, manning the goal in the second half, while senior keeper Summer Hennings had four saves in the first 40 minutes.
With the victory, Union Pines, which is on a three-game winning streak, is now 2-0 in league play and 4-3 on the year. The Lady Vikes close the week at home Friday in a nonconference match at 7 p.m. versus Northwood, which is currently the fourth-ranked team in eurosportscoreboard.com’s 2A poll.
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