Vikings blanked by Chapel Hill
Consecutive matches this week against the state’s top two teams yielded the same result for Northern Vance.
The Vikings followed Monday’s 9-0 loss against Cardinal Gibbons with another 9-0 defeat Wednesday against Chapel Hill. Gibbons is the top-ranked team in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 3-A classification and Chapel Hill is No. 2.
“The girls were a little tired from running around with Cardinal Gibbons Monday night,” said Northern coach Razvan Tegean.
“We were completely flat tonight,” added Tegean. “Couldn’t manage to be the first one to the ball.”
Northern dropped to 2-6-2 overall and 1-2-0 in 3-A Carolina Conference play. The Tigers improved to 8-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 in league competition. Chapel Hill and Cardinal Gibbons have their first meeting Monday.
Chapel Hill led 7-0 at halftime behind two goals each from Alexandra Kimball and Lianna Malawski.
The Tigers scored most of their goals from close range. Malawski turned in one of the highlights of the first half, dribbling in on a breakaway from center before cutting right to left and finishing at the far post with her left foot to make it 4-0.
Northern goalkeeper Tanaua White came away with 20 saves on the evening.
“I think Tanaua did an amazing job,” said Tegean. “The same thing against Cardinal Gibbons — so many saves and she got some compliments from both of their coaches. She improved so much from last year and the beginning of this year.”
Tegean expects better effort next week with conference fixtures against Orange and Southern Vance, vital matches for Northern in the state playoff race.
The Viking head coach says he encourages the team to approach every game the same way, regardless of the opponent.
“Step on that field, give your best,” he said. “It doesn’t matter who is on the other side.”
Northern dips out of conference Thursday with a home match against Southern Durham.
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