Kendal Bushick’s goal with 14 minutes left in the second half proved to be the difference as Durham Academy held off Cary Academy for a 3-2 home field win Tuesday in a Triangle Independent Schools Athletic Conference match.
Despite having a defender draped on her, Bushick slipped a shot into the lower left corner of the goal for a 3-1 lead. It was a key tally as Cary Academy (2-1, 0-1 TISAC) drew within a goal late as Isabelle Tamburro scored when Cavaliers goalie Julianna Turner was drawn out of the net.
It was one of the few times Turner was out of position for Durham Academy (3-0, 1-0) as she made several clutch stops throughout, including thwarting a Jessica McCoppin shot in the closing minutes.
Scoring plays: McCoppin scored off a beautiful ball from teammate Abby Staker for a 1-0 Chargers lead just over 11 minutes into the opening half. Midway through the half, the Cavaliers scored a pair of goals just 70 seconds apart as Jaya Perentis and Olivia Postel each found the back of the net.
Unsung hero: Caroline Ghio, a Cavaliers junior defender, broke up several plays as did the rest of the back line.
“They played really well and kept fighting through, especially in the second half,” Postel said.
What worked for DA: The Cavaliers flashed devastating speed at times, along with an ability to finish scoring chances. Durham Academy coach Susan Ellis appreciated her team’s grit, as well.
“The kids at this school fight hard and figure out ways to win,” Ellis said.
What worked for CA: The Chargers controlled play in both halves, but drove several shots over its foe’s goal.
“I’m not displeased with the number of scoring chances we created,” Chargers coach Jeff Costa said.
Best quote: “They outplayed us the whole game, but we fought hard to hold on for the win,” Ellis said.