With one of the best defenses in the state, Carrboro need a single goal Monday to defeat East Chapel Hill, 1-0, in girls soccer.
Elizabeth Cato supplied the game’s only score on a direct free kick in the 30th minute.
Awarded a free kick after a Wildcat defender tripped one of the Jaguars, Cato hammered the ball over the heads of an East Chapel Hill wall of defenders at the left edge of the penalty area and just past the outstretched fingertips of leaping goalkeeper Kayla Kern near the far post.
The win for Carrboro (3-0) was the third straight for the 2A Jaguars over 4A East Chapel Hill, and it was the second straight shutout this season for keeper Grace Nanney.
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Carrboro, which set an NCHSAA record for fewest goals in a season (2) on the way to winning the state 2A championship last year, gave up a single goal in its 2016 season opener, a 2-1 win over Union Pines.
East Chapel Hill (1-2) will look to rebound in its PAC-6 opener on March 9 against Hillside.
Carrboro’s next game is March 10 at Southern Alamance.