Wildcat Women's Soccer 2011 - Sectional (4th) Round: My Site News: A first time for everything

Sunday, April 17
A first time for everything
Chapel Hill finally gets a long-awaited win
over East Chapel Hill in girls soccer  
BY W.E. WARNOCK, CHN Sports Editor
CHAPEL HILL - Led by a youth movement of first-year players who weren't even of school age when Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill first played soccer, the Tigers did something Friday night they've never done before.

Ranked No. 9 in the state's 3-A classification, Chapel Hill beat 4-A East Chapel Hill in girls soccer, 3-1.

"These girls never had a monkey on their back so much as they just wanted to be the first group to do it," veteran CHHS coach Ron Benson said. "They did it for each other, and they did for all the girls who played before them.

"We had several ties with East, and there were several times in the past that we thought we had played better than they had but didn't get the result," he said. "It's good to finally have this on the books."

East Chapel Hill (11-4-3) had outscored six opponents prior to Friday, 25-0.

Barely six minutes into Friday's match at Wildcat Stadium, CHHS senior co-captain Becca Malizia scored off an assist from ninth-grader Alexandra Kimball, and then Kimball scored herself, 11 minutes later, for a 2-0 lead before East even got off a shot on goal.

"We worked a lot in practice on breaking through their gaps," co-captain Margo Flewelling said. "That went really well tonight."

Anna Stewart scored for East Chapel Hill to make it 2-1 with 8:15 left in the first half, but CHHS (7-3-3) answered less than 50 seconds after that, when ninth-grader Meghan Dell took a pass from classmate Frances Reuland and blasted in a quick shot for the 3-1 lead.

"There's always been this deep pressure whenever we play East," Malizia said. "We've almost had it before, but we never got the win. We were the better team tonight, and it showed."

East Chapel Hill had several chances in the second half. The Wildcats out-shot CHHS 9-2 in the final 40 minutes, and had five corner kicks to none for CHHS, but could not beat goalkeeper Elani Mansfield.

"We just dug ourselves too deep a hole in the first half," said East Chapel Hill coach Zach Haines. "You can't give up soft goals to a team as competitive as Chapel Hill. If you do, you're going to find it very difficult to come back."

In their first meeting this year, the Wildcats tied the Tigers 0-0 March 11 at CHHS.

As soon as Friday's match ended, CHHS players cleared the bench and joined their teammates at midfield, where they huddled en masse and whooped in celebration.

After brief comments from Benson, the Tigers ran to the east endline to have a commemorative team photo taken of them inside the net.

"I'm so glad to have won this on the last night I ever get to play against East," Malizia said. "This is my best memory -- ever -- in sports."

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