Girls Soccer

Cardinal Gibbons girls soccer defeats Chapel Hill, 2-1

Posted April 11

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— Cardinal Gibbons’ girls soccer team scored two unanswered goals Tuesday night to sneak past Chapel Hill, 2-1, for its sixth-straight victory and second in as many days.

The Crusaders defeated East Chapel Hill Monday evening to start the front half of back-to-back Orange County matches.

“Playing last night and then playing tonight, it’s tough,” said Cardinal Gibbons’ head coach Michele Miller. “Chapel Hill is always going to give you a run for your money. It was just a matter of finding that extra gear, and we have been able to find ways to win the last couple games that have been difficult.”

Cardinal Gibbons and Chapel Hill both registered quality scoring chances early in the match, but it was the Tigers that found the back of the net first.

Chapel Hill sophomore forward Alex Kerr beat the Crusaders’ freshman goalkeeper Abbie Kopp in the 10th minute to give the Big Eight Conference leaders an early one-goal advantage.

The Crusaders flipped the field in the latter half of the first half with several chances that were thwarted away by Chapel Hill sophomore keeper Audrey Calhoun.

Cardinal Gibbons finally broke through to even the game on a free kick in the 39th minute to knot the match just before the first half whistle.

Sophomore Maggie Pierce took the free kick for the Crusaders with the sun behind her back and directly Calhoun’s eyes. Pierce placed the ball in the box for junior Meghan Kast, who headed the ball past Calhoun.

The back-and-forth action didn’t falter in the second half, but it was Cardinal Gibbons that found the game winner 19 minutes into the second stanza.

Cardinal Gibbons used tic-tac-toe passing to gain entry into the Tigers’ defensive zone, spearheaded by sophomore Emmy Duerr. The sophomore located senior Caroline Goudy, who placed the ball past an outstretched Calhoun for the Crusaders’ game-winning goal in the 59th minute.

“We start slow sometimes; they started fast, and they had a great goal,” Miller said. “It was just about keeping our composure and finding out way back. We got the game-tying goal, and from there it was just going and finding the winner, and that’s what we did.”

Cardinal Gibbons (12-1-1, 7-0 PAC 6) will return to action on April 24 in Durham against Jordan at 6:30 p.m., and Chapel Hill (9-2-1, 6-0 Big Eight) is slated to visit Northwood at 6:30 p.m. on Monday.

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