On Friday, March 10, the Pride women’s soccer team trekked to Chapel Hill high school to face the Tigers for their last out-of-conference game.
In the days leading up to the match, the Pride had faced both East Chapel Hill and Carrboro. The Pride put away East Chapel Hill with a score of 5-0 and Carrboro with a score of 3-0.
Heading into their third game of the week, the Pride knew they were going to have to dig down in order to pull out another win against a Chapel Hill team. “Away games are always tougher than home games, so we knew the game was going to be a little tougher,” said Avery Gardner, a senior on the Pride women’s soccer team.
After the 45 minute bus ride, the Pride began to mentally prepare for the game. As warm-ups began, however, the temperature began to significantly drop and the wind began to pick up. This would be another obstacle the Pride would have to overcome in order to pull out a win.
The start of the game was a little rough for the Pride. The Tigers took advantage of the slow start the Pride had and put a goal away within the first couple minutes of the game. The team knew they had to pick up their game in order to come out with three points.
About halfway through the first half, Katie Groft, freshman, finally scored to tie it up at 1-1.
Halftime gave the Pride a chance to regroup and sort out what needed to be fixed in order to win the game. The start of the second half was much better for the Pride. They finally started to play their game, and keep possession of the ball.
At the 55 minute, Malina Pardo, sophomore, scored to give the Pride a 2-1 lead. Not willing to give up just yet, Melanie Hupp, freshman, put another goal away in the last five minutes to secure the lead for the Pride.
The women’s team is now 5-1-0 heading into their first conference match against Heritage. The Pride hopes to continue their winning streak as they continue the rest of the season.