Dunkley, Short score for KVA in draw

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 11:24 PM

A pair of eighth-graders found the net for Kerr-Vance Thursday as the Spartans played to a 2-2 draw with Halifax Academy.

Nicole Dunkley leveled the score for the Spartans with about five minutes to play and neither Eastern Plains Independent Conference side found the net in either of the two 10-minute overtime sessions.

KVA (3-8-1, 1-5-1 EPIC) took an early lead before two second half goals put the visitors ahead.

The Spartans controlled possession from there, creating several opportunities including Dunkley’s goal.

KVA head coach Amy Peralta said her team usually responds well to pressure.

“Sometimes the fear is there,” said Peralta. “They don’t want to lose and then they go out with a lot of intensity, which is great to see.”

Dunkley’s goal came on an assist from Price Wester, who sent in a cross from the left side after making a deep, attacking run forward.

“She pretty much just barreled down that left side,” Peralta said of Wester, a senior defender.

KVA lost 1-0 in the teams’ previous meeting. That scoreline belonged to the Spartans in the first half Thursday after Short’s finish.

Short knocked in the game’s opening goal after settling a long chip forward from Sophia Naradzay over the Vikings’ back line.

“Both can play left mid or left striker,” Peralta said of Short and Dunkley. “Great players and really just have a nice, quick touch. They just add a lot offensively to our team.”

KVA returns to action today at Northern Vance at 4 p.m., marking the only meeting of the season between the crosstown rivals. The Spartans and Vikings played to a scoreless draw in last season’s game.

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