Soccer - East 2, CHHS 1:
Published: Apr 15, 2012 11:09 AM
Modified: Apr 16, 2012 11:04 AM
Not just another game
Wildcats rally, again, to down No. 3 Chapel Hill
The East Chapel Hill girls soccer team's never-say-die comeback abilities are admirable, but they also can be a bit nerve-wracking.Twice in three days last week, the Wildcats rallied from a halftime deficit against a top-10 opponent and came away with a win. Tuesday, they came back from two goals down against No. 1-ranked 2A Carrboro to earn a 2-2 draw. Thursday, East Chapel Hill trailed 1-0 at the half against No. 3 3A Chapel Hill but then came back to win 2-1.Those decisions snapped a string of eight straight wins for still-undefeated Carrboro (9-0-2) and five straight by Chapel Hill (11-3-0)."I do not want to make a habit out of this, but that was pretty good," East Chapel Hill coach Mark Kadlecik said Thursday, as he watched the last of his players leaving Wildcat Stadium.Sophomore midfielder Lauren Douglass supplied both of East's second-half goals, scoring the first off a rebound of a goalkeeper save and getting the second with an assist from sophomore classmate Jordan Donnelly."Lauren Douglas scored the two goals, but she also did a lot of little things tonight, too," Kadlecik said. "That was the best I have seen her play in her two years here."Kadlecik noted that early in the match Douglass tracked back and cut off a CHHS runner into East's defensive third, ending one chance, and cleared a shot by Chapel Hill's Alexandra Kimball off a post."She was inspired," Kadlecik said.Nevertheless, Chapel Hill scored first Thursday, just 11:36 into the non-conference match, when Leah Whitney headed a ball from the end line into the center, where sophomore Frances Reuland footed it in for a 1-0 lead.East out-shot CHHS 7-4 in the first half, with five excellent chances in the last 15 minutes before the break, but put only one of those on-frame.Riley Foster, who was a goalie last year for East Chapel Hill, tended the Wildcat net for most of the second half after Blair Blakeney suffered a bruised knee in the 44th minute.Douglass tied the game with 30:05 left to play, knocking in a rebound of a long shot by Katy Pugliese, footed away by the CHHS keeper.Abby Underwood almost put in the game-winner in the 63rd minute, when she bounced a short off the cross-bar.Douglass scored again with 16:31 remaining after receiving a ball just past midfield from Donnelly, making a long run into the box and then slotting the ball just inside the near post."It feels so good to beat Chapel Hill, especially since last year we tied them and then lost to them," Douglass said. "To come out and win after being down 1-0 at halftime, to come back and win it feels so good right now.""When we went 1-0 up, I thought that might take the wind out of them a little bit and maybe add a little wind in our sails," CHHS coach Ron Benson said. "But they are a high-quality team, no doubt about it."This is one that we'll remember. This is not just another game."