Shorthanded Warriors downed by Northwood

Mar. 28, 2014 @ 12:11 AM

Down two of its captains, J.F. Webb stayed close with Northwood for a half on Thursday before falling 7-0.

The Chargers scored three times in the final 12:07 after senior Hailey Pisster, who tallied a hat trick, was subbed out.

Webb (3-1-4, 2-3 Big Eight Conference) was without its go-to player, Abbey Smith. The junior has been sidelined for each Big Eight game with an injury and fellow captain Ana Santana — another offensive-minded player — is done for the season after sufffering a torn ACL.

“I think it impacted the team because she was also a vocal leader,” Webb head coach Mary Robinson said of Smith’s absence. “It’s definitely an absence on the field. But I think after a few games, we’ve kind of got into the groove of doing it and other girls have had to step up.”

Northwood opened the scoring with about eight and a half minutes to play in the first half when Ally DeJong got loose on a breakaway and pounded it into the back of the net, beating Warriors goalkeeper Carla Pike to her left.

Pike came up with several stops for Webb as the Chargers controlled possession throughout the match.

Northwood cashed in its second score on a deflection with about three minutes to play in the first before taking a 2-0 lead into halftime.

Webb’s two league wins came against Southern Durham including a win in extra time over the Spartans on Monday.

The Warriors return to action after spring break.

“I think we’ve been doing well and we’ve been growing as the season’s been progressing,” said Robinson. “Hopefully we’ll keep doing the same thing.”

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