Lady Vikings keep hold on CFVC
Southern Lee's girls soccer team beat Westover 8-0 on Monday night. Lady Cavalier head coach Jason Burman was more pleased with his squad's effort following a 2-0 defeat at Union Pines Wednesday night.
The Lady Vikings (5-1, 3-0), the defending champs of the Cape Fear Valley Conference, solidified their spot atop the league early in this season with a goal late in each half and a defensive game which allowed the Lady Cavaliers (2-3, 2-1) only a few spells of offensive threats through the 80 minutes.
Two Lady Cavalier passing miscues during into the Lady Viking goals a few seconds later.
About six minutes before halftime, Viking midfielder Sam Ring stole a soft Southern Lee pass near midfield and raced with the dribble into the right side of the Lady Cavalier penalty box before ripping a right-footed shot by keeper Angie Estevez and just inside the far post.
Southern Lee put together stretches of attacking pressure in the final few minutes of the half, then again between the 50th minute and 60th minute marks of the second half.
Vicky Monroy, a center midfielder who turned into a wide mid or a forward just as often with the ground she covered around the field, troubled the Lady Vikings the most.
"She's one of those once in a decade players," Burman said.
Monroy's skill and athleticism is critical for the Lady Cavaliers, but so is her constant effort says her coach.
"We scramble and fight and she's our leader. She goes box to box the whole match. She's definitely one of the best in our conference and the area," Burman said.
The Lady Cavs forced three dangerous free kicks and a couple corner kicks in a span of a few minutes in the second half. The chances didn't create a tying goal however.
"Absolutely, I couldn't have come up with a better game plan for what we had to do tonight," Burman said. "The girls did exactly what I wanted."
"We knew we couldn't match up with Union Pines skill-wise," he said.
The effort the Lady Cavs played with topped anything they've put on the field so far this season, even in their two victories, Burman said. It extended to off the field, too.
"I don't know who put in the most energy, the four who played the whole 80 minutes for us or the bench, with how much they were yelling the whole night," Burman said.
"I've been wanting to see this, but I haven't seen it all year, in a game, in practice," he said.
Union Pines finished with an 11-2 advantage in shots on goal, with Estevez making nine saves.
The Lady Vikings put away a goal to make their lead safe in the 75th minute. A shanked clearing attempt gave Sophia Majuri the ball in the middle of the field. With a quick dribble into the Cavalier box, she fired a shot by the keeper for a 2-0 Union Pines lead.
The Lady Vikings had scored 11 goals, in a pair of four-goal victories, in CFVC play leading into Wednesday night.
Center midfielder Kooba Richard hit two strong shots on goal, plus put a header on goal from a corner kick, for good Viking scoring chances in the first 35 minutes.
Union Pines is trying to build on a 16-4 overall record and reaching the second round of the state tournament last spring.
The Lady Vikings have one more match, Friday night at Western Harnett at 7 p.m., before a break in their schedule for Spring Break.
Southern Lee turns around to host Triton Thursday night. The Lady Cavs fell 4-2 at Triton last Friday. Southern Lee's next CFVC match is set for Monday evening, at 6 p.m., at home against Douglas Byrd.