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Pinecrest Patriots

Game 6

Pinecrest vs Richmond County
Friday, March 21st, 2003
John Williams Field, Southern Pines, NC

Richmond County Raiders


Goals: Katie Fields (PC)
Assists: Lisa Southerland (PC)
Pinecrest      0    0    1    0  -  1
Richmond     0    0    0    0  -  0

By Charlie Bergmann: Staff Writer, The Pilot, Appeared Sunday, March 23rd, 2003
     It took 100 minutes of soccer, but a goal by freshman Katie Fields in the first overtime gave Pinecrest a 1-0 victory over Richmond County on Friday night.
     The Mid-Southeastern Conference opener for the Patriots was originally scheduled to be played Wednesday at Richmond. It was postponed because of a wet field and moved to Pinecrest.
     Pinecrest entertains Hoke County Monday night at 7 p.m. in another conference match. The Patriot junior varsity takes on Northwood in the 5:30 p.m. opener.
     Idle since winning the tournament on Jekyll Island, Ga., 11 days ago, the league’s defending champions took a long time to hit paydirt against the determined Raiders.
     “I think we were so itching to play, so excited to play, we weren’t necessarily focused at the beginning,” Pinecrest coach Lorna Martin said. “They [Richmond] got us out of our game for a while, but I thought we eventually settled down.”
     The Patriots took 22 shoots in the match to only three for the Raiders. In the 84th minute, outside midfielder Lisa Southerland sent a ball on the ground to the foot of Fields in front of the Raider goal.
     “I was making a run down the right side,” Southerland said, describing the buildup. “Coach Blatz [assistant coach Ray] told me the whole time to stay wide and be patient — and I’d get the ball. So I got it and crossed it — and luckily Katie was there to finish it for me.”
     Fields controlled the ball with her first touch and then knocked it off the far post and into the net.
     The game was reminiscent of last season’s first game against the Raiders, which ended in a 0-0 tie. Pinecrest midfielder Anne Brannon played for the other side in that one.
     “Before the game started, I was kind of nervous,” the senior junior said. “But once the game started, I kind of forgot who I was playing. They’ve definitely improved a lot.”
     Pinecrest moves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in the league. The only other mark on Richmond’s record is a 1-1 tie with Lumberton, the Patriots’ opponent next Friday. The Raiders dropped to 4-1-1 overall and 1-1 in the conference.
     Freshman goalkeeper Katelyn Burwell made two saves in recording her third shutout. Raider goalkeeper Kim Collier stopped 16 shots.
     Martin said that last year’s starting goalkeeper Cassie Meloy is doing well after undergoing knee surgery this week. The coach said the sophomore is up on crutches and is expecting to return to school on Monday.
     The make-up of Wednesday’s game fell into place when staff members at Chapel Hill, where Pinecrest was originally scheduled to play Friday night, advised that their field was under water.

Season:   Goals Scored: 14    Goals Allowed: 10     Overall Record: 4-1-0    Conference Record: 1-0-0

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