Warriors concede late winner in 1-0 loss to Orange

Apr. 30, 2013 @ 03:15 PM

Orange took advantage of a late opportunity Monday and left Oxford with a 1-0 win over J.F. Webb and a claim on third place in the 3-A Carolina Conference standings.

Webb’s freshman goalkeeper Carla Pike came off her line and a made a save in the upper-left portion of the penalty area. But Orange pounced on the rebound and sent a ball over top of Pike that the Warriors failed to clear before the ball ultimately found its way into the goal for the winning score with about five minutes to play.

“It’s a bad way to lose the game but Carla definitely made the right decision,” said Webb coach Allie Urbanski. “It’s just amazing how much she’s improved since the first of the season. That was a good save.”

Webb won the previous match with the Panthers 3-2 in Hillsborough and each team is now tied at 4-5 in the league standings. School officials must decide how the tie will be broken.

“It’s like a championship game for us and they feel the same way,” Urbanski said of playing Orange. “It’s always a really hard-fought game.”

The Warriors outshot Orange 9-8, but Urbanski felt the Panthers were the better side in the second 40 minutes.

Webb’s last good look on goal came in the 62nd minute when Abbey Smith got on the end of an Ashton Allen free kick on the right from about 20 yards out. Smith’s header went wide left of the goal.

Allen had an opening in the first half after gathering a deflection and dribbling past the Panther backline in the center of play, but her attempt was left of the goal frame.

“We were trying to kick it over top and slide it through and balls were just a little too far,” said Urbanski. “We just weren’t judging it right. It was a frustrating game. I thought we were two very evenly matched teams.”

Webb hosts Southern Vance for Senior Night Wednesday.

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