Wildcats jump on Pirates for soccer shutout
East Chapel Hill overpowered Riverside on the soccer field at Linny Wrenn Stadium on Monday.
The Wildcats’ 5-0 win bolstered their position with Jordan atop the PAC-6 girls’ soccer standings.
ECH’s 4-0 first-half lead put the Pirates in rough water.
“I was scared they were going to quit on me by (halftime), but they didn’t,” Riverside coach Toppy Green said. “They came back strong.”
The Wildcats didn’t light up the scoreboard in the second half but still dominated the ball.
The Pirates struggled to get shot attempts, as ECH goalie Riley Foster barely broke a sweat.
“We did a great job possessing,” Foster said. “Our runs up top were really, really good, which opened up a lot of space and, obviously, got us on the scoreboard.”
Foster finished with five saves.
“This field’s wide and big, so we were able to get some balls behind their defense and make some runs,” ECH coach Jared Drexler said. “Defensively, we haven’t been allowing a lot of goals. I think it’s just kind of a stubbornness that we have.”
In the first half, ECH got on the scoreboard after freshman goalie Caitlyn Patton left the net to make a save. A Riverside defender stepped in to protect the goal, but ECH’s Amanda Lohmann was swift enough to get a loose ball to Jordan Donnelly for the first goal.
Emma Daum looped a shot over Patton’s outstretched arms for ECH’s second goal before assisting Anna Noonan for the Wildcats’ third score.
ECH’s Dylan Bedell got a corner kick past the Pirates with about six minutes left until halftime.
Deep in the hole during the final frame, the Pirates were getting a steady stream of exhortation from the sideline.
“Let’s crawl out of this casket,” Green said said to the Pirates. “Let’s crawl up out of this grave and be alive. We ain’t dead yet.”
Riverside had two freshman and three sophomores in the starting lineup against an ECH team that should make some noise in the state playoffs, Green said.
“First 10 minutes of the game, we had them on the ropes (but) we couldn’t put one in,” Green said. “If we put one in, take their confidence level away and then we’ve got them.”
Late in the game, Bedell set up Lohmann for ECH’s final goal.
ECH 5, Riverside 0
Goals—ECH, Jordan Donnelly, Emma Daum, Anna Noonan, Dylan Bedell, Amanda Lohmann. Assists—ECH, Lohmann 2, Daum. Shots—ECH 28, Riverside 7. Saves—ECH 5 (Riley Foster 5); Riverside 14 (Caitlyn Patton 14).
Records—East Chapel Hill 7-3-3, 5-0-2 PAC-6; Riverside 4-3-1, 2-2.