One way or another, Quinn Albrecht was going to get his brace against Carrboro.
After equalizing Thursday night’s contest against the Jaguars in the 27th minute, Albrecht watched on as teammate Ralph Nayo notched the go-ahead goal late in the first half. It would prove to be the game-winner.
Yet Albrecht wanted more. With 17:00 remaining, a header off a corner kick was barely knocked away by Jaguars goalkeeper Jonas Herfarth on a dazzling save. Seconds later, Albrecht’s header from the six-yard box off a throw-in notched that elusive second goal as East Chapel Hill cemented a 3-1 victory over Carrboro at Wildcats Stadium.
East (5-1-2) won its third straight, while Carrboro (1-4-2) continued on a six-game winless streak after opening the year with a victory over Cedar Ridge that was stopped at halftime due to lightning.
East’s victory concluded a huge week for the Wildcats, who started with a 2-0 win at traditional power Jordan, a game where Albrecht and Theo Lisberger notched goals.
On Wednesday, the Wildcats polished off Person 9-0 to remain tied with Northern and Cardinal Gibbons for first place in the PAC-6.
“It’s a different conference now,” said East Coach Austin Collins. “The Jordan win showed me a lot about this team. We knew the addition of Gibbons would make things tougher in the PAC-6. But we’re a seasoned team now, and tonight definitely helped.”
“This is a good win against a good team,” said Collins, who works with Carrboro Jared Drexler during the offseason at UNC women’s soccer camp. “The rivalry against Carrboro is always a strong one for our team, and we looked good coming out of this with a win tonight.”
Albrecht now leads East’s scoring with six goals, slightly ahead of Naho’s four goals.
As for Carrboro, the frustrations of not getting the ball into the net continued. The Jaguars have scored more than one goal in a game just once so far this season, and that was in a 3-2 loss last Monday at surprising North Johnston (12-1-0), which is 7-0-0 at home.
“I think we’re getting better,” said Drexler. “We have lost some attackers from last year. So now it’s a striker-by-committee at this point. We’re trying to find some cohesiveness as the season goes on, and that isn’t easy to do when players are injured or missing games for other reasons.”
While scoring is a priority, Drexler came away more concerned about his defense on Thursday.
“We have to do better defending against set pieces,” said Drexler. “They scored on two throw-ins and a corner kick tonight.”
Carrboro has a chance to stretch its legs when it hosts Bartlett Yancey (2-11-1, 0-0-0) at 6:30 p.m. Monday in a Mid-State Conference game; the Buccaneers have allowed 55 goals in 14 games. Carrboro then travels to Burlington Cumming (3-5-1, 0-1-0) on Wednesday.
East Chapel Hill travels Wednesday to Northern Durham (7-3-1, 2-0-0) for a 6:30 p.m. game against the Knights, who are in an early three-way PAC-6 tie with East and Cardinal Gibbons (7-0-1, 2-0-0). The Wildcats host rival Chapel Hill at 6:30 p.m. Friday.