PC Soccer Moves On To Round 3
Two games into the NCHSAA 4A state soccer playoffs it was time for the Pinecrest girls to get physical.
“Jack Britt is a physical team — we figured that out the first time we played them,” Patriot coach Todd Abbey said of a Buccaneer squad his team defeated 2-0 two months ago. “Tonight it was just nice to see the work ethic we put into it. We were winning balls and we weren’t backing down.”
The Patriots (17-6-3) scored a pair of goals in each half to grab a 4-0 victory. They advance to a third round contest at home on Wednesday against the winner of Friday night’s match between Terry Sanford and New Bern.
Keegan Lynch opened the scoring in the eighth minute with a header off a pass from Keegan Cary. In the 22nd minute, the Pats’ Kristen Phelps was taken down hard near the Patriot bench about 40 yards from the goal. It was one of a number of hard spills and collisions that marked a rough first half.
“It was scary, but I definitely think we beat them physically,” inside midfielder Mariotti Meyers said.
The Patriots capitalized on the opportunity when Antonio Meyers blasted home the rebound off the resulting free kick by Kathryn Palmer, making it 2-0.
The Pats had more chances to extend the lead, but first half Buc goalkeeper Merriam Mathias denied Antonia Meyers twice from close range.
Eight minutes into the second half, Mariotti Meyers snuck a low shot from about 25 yards away inside the near post, making it 3-0. The final goal by Palmer in the 72nd minute came off a cross from Ashlyn Douglas.
The most serious challenges faced by Patriot goalkeeper Abbey Crider came off long free kicks in the first half. The shutout was the fifth in the last six matches and the team’s 15th of the season. Jack Britt ended its season with a record of 15-9-2.
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