Wildcat Women's Soccer 2011 - Sectional (4th) Round: My Site News: East Chapel Hill outlasts Broughton in soccer

Wednesday, May 18
East Chapel Hill outlasts Broughton in soccer

BY W.E. WARNOCK - Staff Writer
CHAPEL HILL -- Minutes before the girls' soccer teams from East Chapel Hill and Broughton kicked off their N.C. High School Athletic Association third-round game, Wildcats coach Mark Kadlecik and veteran Caps coach Izzy Hernandez were talking near midfield.

"Izzy, I love you to death, but we really need to stop meeting like this in the playoffs," Kadlecik told his fellow Elon alum and longtime friend. "This is killing me."

"Death" was the operative word on a wet, dreary Tuesday night as East Chapel Hill got a sudden-death goal for the second consecutive game from Farrell Sweeney for a 3-2 win and knocked Broughton out of the NCHSAA's third round for the second year in a row.

"We would never underestimate anybody in the tournament, but it's never a problem with Broughton," Sweeney said. "We know they're always going to give us a great game, and we come ready."

Sweeney received a long ball from defender Katy Pugliese near midfield and collected it in open space between the circles before shooting it low from about 15 yards out past diving goalkeeper Caroline Duncan.

Her goal, coming with 3:19 left in sudden death, was her second score of the night and her third game-winner in the playoffs.

"When Katy plays a perfect ball like that over the top, it's not hard not to score, going one-v-one with the keeper," said Sweeney, Last Saturday, Sweeney scored on a penalty kick to eliminate Wakefield 1-0 in sudden death and, three days before that, had the lone goal in a first-round win over Cary.

The Wildcats appeared to have the game won near the end of the second overtime period after Abby Underwood's unassisted strike from the middle of the penalty area. But Lucia Stein-Montalvo scored off an assist from Clay Weaver with 54 seconds left in the period to send the game to sudden death.

"We had some good chances, but they hit a few off the crossbar, too," Hernandez said. "I think we showed some character by the way we fought back to send it into sudden death."

Regulation ended tied at 1-1 after a first-half goal by Broughton junior Kristen Cherry assisted by Emily Evans and the Wildcats' equalizer midway through the second half by Sweeney off an assist by Lauren Douglass.

East Chapel Hill (20-5-3) will play at either Leesville Road or Green Hope in the NCHSAA's quarterfinals. Broughton, rallying from a string of midseason losses to reach the third round, ended its year at 12-9-0.

"Even when we went through a rough stretch, I thought we were a better team than our record showed," Hernandez said. "We played solid soccer, but we still had to get used to wearing road uniforms and being on the bus for the playoffs."

Broughton beat East Chapel Hill at least once every year from 1998 through 2008. But East Chapel Hill had a 2-0-1 edge in the three most recent meetings prior to Tuesday; that included a 3-0 decision last year at East Chapel Hill that knocked Broughton out of the NCHSAA tournament's third round.

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