Both Southern Lee and Carrboro played well Wednesday evening – in spurts – but neither ever got completely into gear, and the result was a 1-1 tie that left both sides unsatisfied.
Carrboro’s lone goal came on a hard shot from about 16 yards out by Frae Day Moo with exactly 21 minutes left in the first half, driving in the ball off an assist from Matas Vdanvicious.
Southern Lee tied the game with 3 minutes, 59 seconds left before halftime on a penalty kick by Ricardo Aguilar. He got the official’s call just inside the penalty area, drawing catcalls from a dubious home crowd.
Aguilar’s goal was the only time Wednesday that Carrboro goalkeeper Jonas Herferth was beaten on a one-on-one situation. He twice stopped shots from inside 15 yards in the first half, and did it four times in the second half.
In all, Southern Lee outshot Carrboro 16-13, and had a 9-2 margin in shots on goal.
The Jaguars managed just one shot in the last 21 minutes of the first half, but then reeled a string of six straight shots that required a Southern Lee defender’s block during a 12-minute span early in a rainy second half. The Cavaliers responded with five shots and four corner kicks in a 15-minute span.
After the game, Carrboro head coach Jared Drexler spoke very briefly with the players and then left them at midfield to conduct their own frank and blunt post-game discussion.
“We played well in the first half but had a rough second half,” a soft-spoken Herferth commented after the team meeting broke up.
The game was indeed rough. In addition to some common chippiness throughout, the match ended with a Cavalier striker elbowing Jordan Fitzpatrick in the gut, hard, a blow unseen by the official who was trotting to midfield to signal the end of play.
Three who mattered
Herferth: Carrboro’s junior keeper has risen to the challenge of minding the goal by himself after an injury sidelined Will Wagner. Herferth saved or punched away a series of eight shots in the second half – two of them coming after one-on-one opportunities for the Cavaliers.
Moo: Without his goal on an aggressive play early in the match, Carrboro’s offense would have been shut out for the third time in four games.
Aguilar: Gifted a touch of theatrical ability, he drew the one whistle that counted all night.
By the numbers
9: Including Wednesdays result, the Jaguars have gotten off nine shots on-goal in four games and scored twice (once against 4A Cardinal Gibbons in a 5-1 loss, and once against 3A Southern Lee.)
4: The number of ties so far for defensive minded Southern Lee (2-1-4). The Cavaliers previously tied Northwood 0-0, Pinecrest 2-2 and North Moore 4-4.
0: The number of times to date that Carrboro (1-2-2) has played a fellow 2A team. The Jaguars have played 4A teams East Chapel Hill and Cardinal Gibbons, and 3A teams Chapel Hill, Cedar Ridge and Southern Lee.
They said it
Drexler: “There were times we played well, and there were times that they just outworked us. Credit to them (Southern Lee.) One team wanted it, and one team didn’t. It’s evident who that was.”