Carrboro girls cruise into third round
CARRBORO — Carolina 12 Conference champion Carrboro rode seven goals from as many different scorers to a 7-0 rout of Edenton Holmes in the second round of the state 2-A girls’ soccer tournament Saturday.
In other second-round games involving area C-12 2-A programs, Northwood (12-7-1) downed Topsail (7-15-1) 2-0 and Clinton (19-3-1) eliminated Cedar Ridge (7-12-2) 5-2.
Carrboro (19-2-2) had as much trouble with the weather — it rained steadily throughout the second half — as it did with the visiting Aces (7-9).
The Jaguars opened the scoring 10 minutes in when Emma Houser headed in a crossing corner kick by Leah Simon. About eight minutes later, Caroline Houser found Breighton Magee breaking down the middle of the field alone on a breakaway for a 2-0 lead. And at the 18:04 mark, Caroline Houser scored a goal of her own, Magee on the assist, returning the set-up favor.
The Jags closed the first half scoring on a penalty kick by Simon with 1:30 to play.
Holmes, which was obviously overmatched, managed only three brief first half forays into Carrboro territory and only one of those resulted in a shot on goal, more like a dribbler that bounced towards Jags’ keeper Benedikte Turner.
“It was a pretty solid effort, a strong all-around performance by us,” Carrboro coach Mark Kalecik said. “Seven different goal scorers — it doesn’t get much more balanced than that.”
The Jags’ 4-0 lead at the half probably could have been doubled if Carrboro had converted on several of many point-blank scoring opportunities. But Holmes’ keeper Theresa Strzyzewski, who finished with 20 saves for the day, kept at least some attempts out.
In the second half, Carrboro again controlled the pace and the action. Sarah Sloan put up the fifth goal on a crossing pass from Kenza Araba with 30:41 left, Emily Turschak took a throw-in from the right sideline and worked her way through the defense for an unassisted goal with 11:30 to play and Maura Jones closed out the scoring off an a Turschak assist with 5:48 left.
Holmes managed to put more pressure on Turner and the Jaguar defense in the second half, particularly after Kadlicek began substituting freely and using most if not all of his roster.
“We’re getting better,” Kadlicek said. “And it’s good to be getting better this time of year.”
Looking ahead to a third-round game Wednesday night at Kill Devil Hills First Flight (12-1-3), Kadlecik said it will be tough.
“This is where it gets real,” Kadlicek said. “They’re really strong.”
NOTES — The Holmes-Carrboro match was moved to 3 p.m. by Carrboro athletic director April Ross in hopes of beating predicted evening rain showers. ... “I was up at 6:30 this morning looking at the weather,” Ross said Saturday. “Edenton wanted to make sure we could get the game in before driving all the way up here.” ... Ross was obviously relieved when the first half concluded without weather issues, since approaching storm clouds appeared to portend the possibility of lightning. Under state rules, games can be ended for weather reasons after a full half has been completed, with the leader declared the winner.
Carrboro 7, Holmes 0
Holmes 0 0—0
Carrboro 4 3—7
Goals — Carrboro, Emma Houser, Breighton Magee, Caroline Houser, Leah Simon, Sarah Sloan, Emily Turschak, Maura Jones. Assists—Carrboro, Simon, C. Houser, Magee, Kenza Araba, Turschak. Corners—Holmes 1, Carrboro 11. Yellow cards—Holmes 1 (Kate Whichard 1), Carrboro 1 (Simon 1). Shots on goal—Holmes 3, Carrboro 27. Saves—Holmes 20 (Theresa Strzyzewski 20), Carrboro 3 (Benedikte Turner 3).
Records—Edenton Holmes 7-9, Carrboro 19-2-2.