CARRBORO — Lightning hit all around Carrboro High but never hit the Jaguars’ playing field during their 5-0, truncated victory Wednesday over North Johnston in a North Carolina High School Athletic Association girls’ 2A soccer playoff game.
That lack of electrical spark didn’t bother the Jaguars.
Carrboro (18-2-2) controlled the game from the opening minute, but given the Jaguars’ No. 14 ranking by The News & Observer and a 35-1 margin in shots, everyone thought they should have had more goals – even if the game was called with 8 minutes, 15 seconds left because of multiple bolts of lightning streaking within eyesight of the players.
“It was OK to end it early,” said Caroline Houser, who scored Carrboro’s first two goals. “We were ahead by five, but we could have had more effort.”
Emma Houser got an assist from Olivia Duggin for a 3-0 Carrboro lead during the 39th minute.
Breighton Magee, who assisted on Carrboro’s second goal, later fed Maura Jones for a goal with 29:01 to play, and Sarah Sloan ended the scoring with her goal during the 54th minute.
“We definitely didn’t have an edge tonight. We were too hectic and played too straight-ahead in the first half,” Sloan said. “We were a little more patient in the second half.”
“I was very disappointed with our performance to be honest,” Carrboro coach Mark Kadlecik said. “If we play like that again, we might as well hand in our uniforms.”
The players for North Johnston (4-12-0) had turned in their uniforms last week, thinking their season was done. But coach Mark Ketterer learned Monday that the Panthers had drawn a wild-card berth and told his players.
“They were excited to play this game, and Tuesday was one of better practices,” Ketterer said. “I thought this was one of our better efforts.”
Ketterer said his Panthers stuck with their plan to play in their defensive third the entire night. The Panthers’ lone shot, by Judith Rivera from 23 yards, sailed wide left less than three minutes before the game was stopped.
Carrboro will host Edenton Holmes (8-9) in the playoff’s second round.