East Chapel Hill got a wake-up call and a 3-0 PAC-6 win Monday at Northern Durham.
East's Sierra Lindquist assisted on the game's first goal, scored by Brynn Donnelly just three minutes into the contest at Armstrong-Hill Soccer Stadium, then added one herself off an assist from Donnelly in the 68th minute.
Neely Holroyd added a goal for East Chapel Hill (10-1-1, 7-0-0 PAC) on a free kick with 24.8 seconds left after she was tripped just outside the arc of the penalty area.
Beaten 5-0 just four days before on East Chapel Hill's home field, Northern's Ladies (5-5-0, 3-2-0) thought they had tied the game at 1-1 off a corner kick in the eighth minute, but a linesman ruled the lofted ball had curled over the end line before arching back into play.
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"We scored just minutes into the game, and we weren't taking Northern lightly, but we may have relaxed a little bit and thought everything was going to be easy," East Chapel Hill coachAustin Collins said. "Northern always plays us tough, especially at home, so that was a good wakeup call for us."
Lindquist's goal was her 11th in 12 games, while Donnelly's assist was her eighth of the season -- both of those being team highs for East Chapel Hill
Tuesday's win put the Wildcats even farther ahead of Durham Jordan (9-3-1, 4-1-0) and third-place Northern in the PAC-6 standings.
East plays Hillside, Person and non-conference archrival Chapel Hill before traveling May 6 for its regular-season finale at Jordan. The Falcons were undefeated (4-0-0) at home heading into Wednesday's PAC-6 game with Durham Riverside.