Keith nets hat trick, Allen scores twice in Webb win at Southern
J.F. Webb followed up last week’s big win over Orange with a 9-0 win at Southern Vance Monday.
The Warriors, 6-5 overall, improved to 2-2 in 3-A Carolina Conference play and are in the driver’s seat for third place in the standings.
Webb led 6-0 at halftime before Stephanie Moyer ended the game in the 73rd minute via the nine-goal mercy rule, finishing a cross from Cat Pittard.
The Warriors earned a 3-2 win at Orange last time out.
“The momentum from that game is hopefully going to carry us through this week,” said Webb coach Allie Urbanski. “It was just a great game, a really good win.”
Webb peppered Southern with 21 shots on net Monday.
Lauren Keith scored a hat trick and Ashton Allen found the net twice.
“They’re a good team,” said Southern coach Brandelyn Breinig. “They’re good at the short pass. Their girls are communicating well.”
“I thought our passing was pretty good, especially across the back line,” added Urbanski. “There wasn’t any panic at all, which was nice to see.”
Urbanski said her freshmen have been an integral part of the team’s success, including goalkeeper Carla Pike.
“For a ninth-grader with very little experience, she’s been tested and proven to really be a varsity player,” said Urbanski. “She’s doing really well back there.”
A.J. Winborne, Dominique Harris and Abbey Smith also scored for the Warriors.
Smith scored in the win over Orange and Allen tallied two goals.
Webb hosts Orange April 30 for Round 2.
“They’re going to be out for blood,” said Urbanski. “It’s going to be a really good game.”
But first, the Warriors have an away date Wednesday at Cardinal Gibbons, the top-ranked team in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A classification. Gibbons has beaten Webb, Northern Vance, Southern Vance and Orange by a combined 32-0 in four games.
Webb closes the week with South Granville Friday.
Next for Southern is the second edition of the crosstown rivalry at Northern Wednesday. The Vikings won 5-0 in the previous meeting.
“We’re hoping to play a little bit better,” said Breinig. “We’re hoping that we can be in good enough shape to outrun them and make smarter plays on the ball, kind of learn from the mistakes of the last game.”
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