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Pinecrest Patriots

Game 7

Pinecrest vs Hoke County
Monday, March 24th, 2003
John Williams Field, Southern Pines, NC
Hoke County Bucks


Goals: Katie Fields 3, Stephanie Carter 2, Anne Brannon, Erin Cooper,
     Molly McGahey (PC)
Assists: Lauren Broderick 2, Sara Cole, Holly Thompson, Ann Fields,
     Allison Auman, Lisa Southerland (PC)
Pinecrest    3    5  -  8
Hoke           0    0  -  0

By Charlie Bergmann: Staff Writer, The Pilot, Appeared Wednesday, March 26th, 2003
     Pinecrest and Hoke County have been meeting each other in girls’ soccer since 1999.
     Monday night’s 8-0 Mid-Southeastern Conference victory at home made the Patriots 10-0 against the Bucks, all shutouts.
     But Pinecrest coach Lorna Martin was grateful for the breather of sorts at this time of the season.
     “It was good to get a strong win after so many 1-0 and 5-4 type games,” Martin said. “Everybody got a chance to play and had a good amount of time on the field.”
     For the Patriots, now 2-0 in the league and 5-2 overall, this was only the second match of the season decided by more than one goal.
     Katie Fields with a hat trick and Stephanie Carter with a pair of goals led the attack. Goalkeeper Katelyn Burwell picked up her fourth shutout with late relief from Catlynne Arreguin.
     Carter opened the scoring in the 13th minute by putting away a pass on the ground from Sara Cole at close range. The hustling, but outmanned, Bucks kept it that way until the 27th minute when Fields connected off a ball dropped over the last Buck defender by Lauren Broderick. Just before the intermission, Anne Brannon scored off a pass from Holly Thompson making it 3-0.
     The Patriots opened the second half with the most spectacular goal of the match. Buck goalkeeper Christel Haffner got a glove on a long header from the right edge of the penalty area by Ann Fields that was headed for the far post. Carter jumped on the loose ball and blasted it into the net.
     A few minutes later, Erin Cooper stuck a shot inside the left post from 22 yards away making it 5-0.
     The winners spread the field from side-to-side to create opportunities inside throughout the match.
     “We used the width of the field to move the ball inside-outside up and down the field — and that made our job a lot easier,” said assistant coach Ray Blatz. “In the second half, we did a much better job of working off the ball to get the open shot and then we finished them. We’re getting used to playing as a team.”
     With Brannon lofting cross after cross from the right side, the Patriots scored three more times in the final 20 minutes. Katie Fields scored two of them, once from Brannon, and Mollie McGahey connected with a swing of her left foot from 25 yards away to complete the scoring.
     Blatz also thought it was beneficial to be able to spread the playing time around.
     “Every chance we get to give everybody quality minutes together helps us become a better team,” he said. “They are all pushing each other in practice, and they earn those minutes in the game.”
      Hoke, now 1-2 in the conference, was led by Haffner with 15 saves. The Patriots took 42 shots to two for the Bucks.
     Tonight, Pinecrest travels to Jack Britt for another league contest beginning at 7 p.m. The Patriot and Buc jayvees will meet in the preliminary match at 5:30 p.m.
     The Pinecrest jayvees (3-0) defeated Northwood 8-0 at home Monday. Brittney Dishner led the Patriots with two goals and three assists and DeAnna Jackson with a pair of goals.

Season:   Goals Scored: 22    Goals Allowed: 10     Overall Record: 5-1-0    Conference Record: 2-0-0

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