CFNN Reporter: Nicole Jozefowicz
The Cape Fear Women’s Soccer team posted a striking win Tuesday night against previously undefeated Jack Britt in a close 3-2 match.
Leading up to this game, the Colts had been steadily gelling as a team, putting in a lot of work and discipline, specifically in their passing game and defense.
“The Jack Britt game was a huge game for us in terms of winning the conference. They moved the ball well in the middle of the field. We were able to counter attack and use our speed against their back line,” said Head Coach Brian Pagan.
Midfielder Andi Brinker opened the scoring with the first goal of the game, putting Cape Fear up 1-0 in the first half. Jayda Angel and Dylan Sneed followed up with the other two goals.
The Colts came into the game without starting goalie Meredith Wenthur, who suffered a minor concussion last week and was unable to play. Kayia Starling, a sophomore who has never played goalie before, stepped up to play in goal. She held her spot very well, and played a huge role in helping Cape Fear win the game.
“Our starting keeper was out with a concussion so we had to rely on Kayia to step in.Overall; it was a gritty win for our team,” said Coach Pagan. “I love our resilience. I’m really proud of our girls!”
The game was close all the way to the end. The match was tied 2-2 with only 4 minutes left. Neither team could gain an offensive advantage and the contest was knotted at midfield, until Dylan Sneed followed the bouncing ball and smashed a clutch goal in the lower 90 to put the Colts up 3-2.
“Coming back into the game after receiving a yellow card with only 2 minutes left in the game, I thought it was going to be another 71st game which ended in a tie. I was stressed as 2 minutes in soccer is a lot different than 2 minutes in basketball. I knew what I needed to do and I did that.” said Snead after the match.
The defense did their job in the final minutes, keeping the Bucs away from the goal with several solid clears, securing the win for Cape Fear.