CARY It helps to be in the right place at the right time.
A late goal propelled Green Hope’s girls soccer team past Fuquay-Varina 2-1 in Southwest Wake Athletic Conference action on Wednesday night, but it didn’t happen in conventional fashion.
Green Hope’s Kenda Said drew a foul in the box with almost 15 minutes to go, but her PK was saved by Fuquay-Varina’s second-half goalkeeper Hannah Clayton. The ball squirted away from Clayton, and teammate Ramya Vishwanath was there to hammer home the rebound for the 2-1 lead.
“My coach says I should always follow it up. (Before the kick) I was at the top of the arch and ready,” Vishwanath said.
What worked: Fuquay-Varina (1-1, 0-1) won the battle of the midfield for long stretches of the game.
“I thought for a good chunk of the game we had control of it,” Fuquay-Varina coach Nick Acosta said.
Green Hope, however, was quick to snuff out would-be Bengals attacks. First-year coach Stacy Lamb credited centerbacks Bailey Petersen and Jamie Obremski with keeping the Falcons (1-1, 1-0) in the game.
“All of our backs were magic today,” Lamb said. “I think I put most of the pressure on Petersen and Obremski and they were absolutely fantastic. They kept us organized. Our outside backs I thought did a great job. They were a great team and they had some athletes that could just run, but I thought our defenders were just smart.”
Needs improvement: There were always going to be some parts of the game that will come with more time and practice – things not afforded to either before an unceremoniously delayed start of the season.
For Fuquay-Varina, it will work on finishing chances the way it did in its season opener, an 8-1 win against Garner.
“Not a whole lot of chances created on either end, but they just took more advantage of it,” Acosta said. “It’s a combination of a lot of things but everyone in Wake County is going through it.”
Other goals: Green Hope struck first in the sixth minute as the Falcons’ Sam Reis hammered home a cross from Taylor Camarata in the sixth minute.
Fuquay-Varina answered less than two minutes into the second half. When Green Hope goalkeeper Emily Hager – making her first start for the concussed Lily Dunn – had to come out of the net to block a Bengals shot, the ricochet kicked to midfield where Rebekah Furr calmly chipped in an open-net goal.