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Vance Charter soccer player Peyton Pittard (center) escapes from Oxford Prep defender Carla Rodriguez (4) during her team's 5-1 victory on Monday.

OXFORD -- Vance Charter completed a clean sweep of Oxford Prep in the 2021 season on Monday afternoon by defeating them 5-1.

Vance Charter head coach Johnny Yount did not think a win would be easy with several players not with the team on Monday but believed his team still managed to make some improvements from their last contest.

“Today was very tough for us,” Yount said. “We had about six girls out today since it was our Spring Break week but all schools have to go through that. We found a way to win today without some key personnel. We passed the ball better, moved the ball better and attacked better.”

Vance Charter quickly jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half before the mask break, with senior Emma Montgomery and sophomore Camryn Stancil each finding the back of the net. Sophomore Abby Cole would add one last goal for Vance Charter shortly before halftime to give her team a 3-0 advantage.

Oxford Prep struck first in the second half on an early penalty kick but it only took a couple of minutes before Stancil countered with her second goal. Neither team generated much offense until late in the second half when Montgomery joined Stancil with two goals on the day.

The ability of Oxford Prep to get just one goal on Vance Charter was a promising development for head coach Brent Bedwell, who believed Monday was a sign of more competitive games to come between the two schools.

“We played fantastic,” Bedwell said. “Vance Charter has mercy ruled this team within the first 20-25 minutes of each game the last couple of years. We competed throughout the whole year and we scored our first goal in three games. Even though we didn’t come out with a W, the team performed well and this was a great improvement over years past.”

Yount praised players like Cole, sophomore Peyton Pittard and freshman Addison Clary for stepping up while others were absent and hopes that they can keep duplicating those performances to help make Vance Charter a more well-rounded team going forward.

“I want to see us continue playing as a team,” Yount said. “We need to go to every ball and everyone needs to move. I always want to improve on clearing out the back and transition into an offense that puts us in a scoring position.”

Vance Charter is scheduled to play Wednesday against Roxboro Community but Yount is unsure if he will have enough players for the contest. Oxford Prep returns to action next Wednesday against Franklin Academy for senior night.