Spartans set tone in shutout of Vikings

Apr. 11, 2014 @ 11:52 PM

Northern Vance didn’t convert its early chances Friday; Kerr-Vance did and the visiting Spartans rolled to a 4-0 win.

Northern nailed a crossbar in the first half and had a one-on-one with Spartan goalkeeper Holly Steg, but couldn’t find the net.

Jacey Monahan opened the scoring in the 26th minute for KVA on an assist from Bryles Cutts before Nicole Dunkley scored an Emily Overby assist.

“If we had scored those two goals, it could have been a little bit different,” said Northern head coach Razvan Tegean. “I have to give KVA credit for finishing their opportunities. Two teams pretty close, it makes a huge difference whoever scores first to take control of the game.”

Northern dropped to 1-9-2 and KVA improved to 4-8-1 on a windy afternoon at Vikings Stadium.

The Spartans played to a 2-2 draw Thursday at home against Halifax Academy, an Eastern Plains Independent Conference opponent.

“I think overall they played well,” KVA head coach Amy Peralta said of her side, “not with the same intensity they played with yesterday — but I thought they played well.”

Monahan set up a Bryles Cutts goal in the 64th minute to put the Spartans up 3-0.

“She’s fast, she has good foot skills and she’s really developing for us this year,” Peralta said of Monahan, a junior midfielder.

KVA’s offense often runs through Cutts, an attacking midfielder and one of three seniors on the squad. She found Riley Short in the center of the 18-yard box in the 73rd minute as Short closed out the scoring.

Peralta is hopeful the rivalry win will serve as a confidence booster as KVA dips back into league play next week. But first, the Spartans have another non-conference match at home Monday against Crossroads Christian.

The Vikings visit 3-A Big Eight Conference rival J.F. Webb on Monday.

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