Wildcat Women's Soccer 2011 - Sectional (4th) Round: My Site News: Wildcats again overtaken by Pride

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Sunday, May 22
Wildcats again overtaken by Pride
BY JOE JOHNSON

RALEIGH -- East Chapel Hill ran into the same roadblock for the third straight year, as the Wildcats fell to Raleigh Leesville Road 4-1 in the 4-A girls' soccer playoffs.

The third-round stumbling block has become all too familiar to East Chapel Hill coach Mark Kadlecik. Nevertheless, he said he was extremely proud of how his team played to the end and finally scoring with 1:30 remaining in the game.

"Even though this is a new group, they've heard the whole lore of losing to Leesville the last two years," Kadlecik said. "That was tough to give a goal up so quickly and then try to fight back. I'm extremely proud of team to get here and they effort they gave."

Caitlin Ball scored East Chapel Hill's lone goal when she found some open space with the ball and put it by Leesville goalkeeper Zaria Maynard.

It just came a little too late for the Wildcats.

Caroline Gentry had a hand in all four Leesville Road goals, as she scored twice and assisted on the other two.

"Gentry's been doing it for three years now," Kadlecik said.

Leesville Road struck first -- and quickly -- as Gentry worked a nifty pass to Stephanie Bronson for the game's first goal. They came back and worked together again later in the first half, but in reverse. Bronson assisted on Gentry's first goal as she got the ball deep inside East Chapel Hill's defense and was able to attack Wildcats goalkeeper Riley Foster for an easy score.

East Chapel Hill tried to turn up the pressure early in the second half and was able to gain possession deep in the Leesville Road end, but the Wildcats weren't able to really develop any choice scoring chances.

Midway through the second half, Leesville Road took advantage of East Chapel Hill's forward play as Gentry took over and put together a scoring spurt for the Pride. First, she tracked down a through ball deep in the Wildcats' end and crossed it to Brielle Pittman for an easy score. Then moments later after the successive kickoff, she ran down another ball in almost the same spot along the left sideline and took it in for her own scoring chance, which she converted.

"With 24 minutes left, we went for it," Kadlecik said. "We pushed numbers and Gentry exploited us. She's very good. If we got to 2-1 then maybe they get back on their heels a little bit. But it just shows you the quality of their team. We tried everything."

Leesville Road 4, East Chapel Hill 1

East Chapel Hill 0 1--1

Raleigh Leesville Road 2 2--4

Goals--East Chapel Hill: Caitlin Ball. Leesville Road: Caroline Gentry 2, Stephanie Bronson, Brielle Pittman. Assists--Leesville Road: Gentry 2.

Records--East Chapel Hill 20-6-3, Raleigh Leesville Road 22-1-1.