Wildcats Girls' Soccer Opens Season With Victory
The Lady Wildcats defeated Yorktown High 2-1.
The Centreville High School varsity girls soccer team is lead by six seniors, five of whom have committed to college soccer teams. On March 14, they traveled to Yorktown High and defeated the team 2-1.
The girls expected a tough game, and Yorktown gave it to them, with periods of sustained attack on both ends of the field punctuated by long segments of midfield battles. Defender Clara Logsdon, who will play her college ball for William and Mary next year, found space coming out of the back and beat several midfielders before laying a through ball to Centreville's speedy forward, junior Jenna Green, who pulled away from the defenders flanking her to set up a 1 v 1 with the Yorktown keeper. Her goal put the Wildcats up 1-0 going into halftime.
Second half play featured more of the same back-and-forth play, and Yorktown evened the score about halfway through the period. The tie stood through the end of regulation, leading to a ten-minute overtime period. As time ran down, the 'Cats found themselves with a sustained attack inside the Yorktown penalty box, and after a number of shots were deflected, junior Madi Simons found a crease and slotted a ball to the bottom left corner of the net. The Yorktown keeper dove to stop it but it rolled off her fingers, hit the post, and rolled in to the goal with 16 seconds left on the clock.
Yorktown's last desperate attempt to tie the game was stymied by goalkeeper Tori Collar, who will play for Liberty University next year. Collar wisely used the time allotted to her, holding the ball and finally punting it as time expired.
The team is scheduled to travel to TC Williams HS for an early game on March 18. They will return to play their home opener on the new turf field at Centreville on Wednesday evening, when they face the Woodson Cavaliers in their final game before spring break.