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Northern holds off Riverside for Bull City Cup girls soccer title

Teammates celebrate with Northern Durham’s Maddie Whittaker (5) after they defeated Riverside 2-1 in the Bull City Cup finals at Durham County Stadium in Durham on April 29, 2016.
Teammates celebrate with Northern Durham’s Maddie Whittaker (5) after they defeated Riverside 2-1 in the Bull City Cup finals at Durham County Stadium in Durham on April 29, 2016. newsobserver.com

Northern girls soccer needed a late second-period goal to hold off Riverside 2-1 in Friday night’s Bull City Cup doubleheader at Durham County Stadium.

Sophomore midfielder Jenna Garrison make good on a penalty kick that broke a 1-1 tie with 14:45 left.

The Pirates had a last-second shot at the goal as time was winding down but goalkeeper Sarah Hofmeier caught the ball at the net.

Riverside senior Alexa Dellinger tied the game with 22:12 left on a gorgeous penalty kick that sailed over Hofmeier’s head and into the net.

Northern freshman Callie Hammond gave the Knights the first lead of the game with an unassisted goal in the first period.

Northern (13-5, 8-2 PAC-6), tied for second place with East Chapel Hill, has one regular season match remaining against Cardinal Gibbons on May 4.

Riverside (5-7-3, 3-6) plays Person on Monday in Roxboro.

In the consolation game, Durham School of the Arts shut out Voyager Academy 4-0 to even its overall record at 8-8 with one game left.

Sophomore Emma Stoops gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead just three minutes into the match for all the points they would need.

“We were missing two key players, but the team bounced back and played well,” DSA coach Amy Green said.

Turning point

Dellinger’s goal, which seemed to shellshock Northern, rejuvenated the Pirates.

Three to know

▪ Riverside goalie Caitlyn Patton had six stops to help keep the Pirates in the game.

▪ Garrison coolly kicked the ball in the right lower goal just out of reach for the winning score.

▪ DSA’s Emma Stoops scored two goals in the Bulldogs’ win.

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