Despite Leesville Road’s near-perfect mark through the first weeks of the season, girls’ soccer coach Paul Dinkenor said his team is still trying to reconfigure.
The Pride (5-0-1, 4-0, Cap Eight) had held its opponents scoreless until Broughton senior Caroline Brown booted in a penalty kick minutes into the second half of a 2-1 Leesville Road win Wednesday.
“To get a win at Broughton is never easy. ... I didn’t think we played a lot of really good soccer,” Dinkenor said. “We didn’t really touch the ball well apart from a couple of instances in the first half, and I felt like we kind of lapsed into a lot of kickball. We didn’t lose our composure in the back, but I feel like we’ve got a lot to do in terms of going forward. We need to sort of reconfigure.”
The game was the first of the year for sophomore Mackenzie Dipper, who was second on the team in goals scored last season.
While her return was a bonus for the Pride, Dinkenor said the team is still looking to move pieces around at this point in the season.
He looks for seniors Anne Cushman, Nicole Park and Claire Coward to play instrumental roles this year.
Juniors Mary Kate Bowers and Bayley Rigsbee put the Pride ahead 2-0 before the break with assists by McKenna Crenshaw and Madison Hoffman.
The Caps pressured Leesville throughout the second half, but couldn’t secure the tying goal after Brown pulled them within one.
“We knew getting off the bus that this would be our first real test, and it was,” Dinkenor said. “We survived. I’m not fully convinced we really deserved to win. Had Broughton equalized, I don’t think that would have been an unfair result.”
The Pride will face another tough contest in Sanderson (5-1-1, 4-0) on Monday at home. Broughton will travel to Enloe (1-4, 0-3).