High School Sports

Second-half offensive production gets Cary by Garner in soccer

Cary has had a long run of domination in its non-conference girls’ soccer series with traditional rival Garner.

And although the Trojans definitely made some noise Thursday night, once again the Imps claimed a comfortable result.

Julia Leibold had a goal and an assist while Mia Ziade had two assists as Cary scored twice in the final 15 minutes to claim a 4-1 victory.

The result improved Cary of the SWAC 4A to 2-3-1 on the season, while Garner of the Greater Neuse River 4A fell to 0-4 under first-year head coach Jennifer Enyeart.

The teams took eight shots on goal apiece, but the Imps were more efficient.

Cary had a 1-0 halftime lead, and the teams traded goals early in the second before the Imps added two down the stretch to solidify the result.

“We talked about execution at halftime, and I thought we did a really good job getting numbers forward,” veteran Cary coach Laura Kerrigan said. “We had squandered opportunities, and we scored right away after halftime. I think we had been a little bit complacent before they scored their goal.

“We had a lot of players contribute, and did a good job of making adjustments.”

Turning point

Anna Ganci’s goal on a Mia Ziade cross to put Cary up 2-0 just seconds into the second period.

They said it

“Up until the last few minutes we did a good job of not letting them dominate us in the middle,” said Garner coach Enyeart, who was once a player for the Trojans. “There at the end the legs on our defense got a little tired. But it was anybody’s game at halftime. I remember losing to them something like 18-0 when I was playing. If we had lost to Cary 2-1, it would definitely have been a moral victory.”

Three to know

Julia Leibold, Cary: She scored the game’s first goal and added an assist on a Katie Hoyek’s marker in the 72nd minute to assure the win.

“We played through balls and got a lot of shots for scoring opportunities,” Leibold said. “This rivalry is intense. We know Garner will always play hard against us. On my goal I just got a great pass from Mia and it was easy to put it in.”

Mia Ziade, Cary: She has assists on the Imps’ first two goals, which turned out to be enough to win the game.

“I thought it was a good game,” Ziade said. “We definitely did a good job taking advantage of our scoring opportunities and scoring on set pieces. I think we picked up our intensity in the second half after we got that quick goal.”

Lily Schild, Garner: She scored unassisted in the 52nd minute to cut Cary’ 2-0 lead in half.

“I have a wonderful team and I love my teammates,” Schild said. “This was probably the best game we’ve played all season. I think if we play this well in our conference games we have a chance to win the conference. The better team just won today.”

By the numbers

4: The number of Cary players to score goals.

9: The number of seconds into the second half needed for Cary’s Anna Ganci to score on a Ziade cross.

16: The number of shots on goal in the game.

225: The number of seconds between the Imps’ third goal from Jade Bouedo and the last one from Katie Hoyek in the 78th and 82nd minutes.