Jordan got two goals from midfielder Callie Scher in a 5-minute stretch spanning both halves Wednesday at Wildcat Stadium to take a 2-1 win against East Chapel Hill, and with it the PAC-6 championship in girls soccer.
Scher scored her first goal for Jordan (10-4-2 overall, 9-0-1 conference) with 3:09 left in the first half, lofting in a shot unassisted from 22 yards out. Her second came from almost point-blank range 61 seconds into the second half, finishing off a ball sent forward by teammate Milicent Blivin into a group of defenders inside the 6-yard box.
Its loss ruined Senior Night for East Chapel Hill (10-4-0 overall, 8-2-0 conference) and marked the first time that the Wildcats failed to win or share the PAC-6 girls' title since the program moved up to the 4A classification in 2007.
“Our seniors had shared a championship, but this was their first outright PAC-6 championship,” said Jordan head coach Sarah Kaneko. “This was a great way to finish the season.”
When the teams met April 29 in Durham, East took a 1-0 lead into halftime and stayed in front until Jordan scored twice in the game’s last 12 minutes. Wednesday, Jordan seemed to take control early and kept East off the board until senior co-captain Jordan Donnelly struck with 25:45 left in the match.
Donnelly scored following a free kick from near East’s sideline by Claudia Sollee, whose shot bounced off the hands of Jordan goalkeeper Genevieve Whitcomb. Donnelly finished with a shot just off the near post.
“Give credit to Jordan,” East Chapel Hill head coach Austin Collins said. “They took advantage of their chances in both our games with them this year. They didn’t get many chances, but they scored twice each time, and that was enough.”
W.E. Warnock, CHN sports editor