Pam Pack sack Vikings

Published 12:07 pm Tuesday, April 15, 2014




The Washington girls soccer team continued its winning ways on Monday, taking care of business at home against nonconference opponent Kinston, 9-0, securing its 13th win.

With a roster of about 30 players, the Vikings had depth and were able to consistently field fresh legs, as the team’s reserves took up every spot along the three benches apportioned to the opponent.

Clearly in a rebuilding phase, Kinston failed to exhibit the necessary technical ability, athleticism and soccer intelligence to keep pace with its overly capable adversary. It took just 15 seconds for the Pam Pack to establish their authority.

As soon as the man in yellow blew his whistle, midfielders Isabella Mayo and Alana Jefferson were already pushing up the field. Mayo found a gap in the Vikings defense and converged on the goalie, knocking her over in the process and putting the Pack up a goal.

“I’m a strong believer on the midfield,” said head coach Ed Rodriguez. “If you have good midfielders, they help the defense and help with the flow of the game. If the midfield is right, the team is right.”

Early on, Washington may have been too aggressive, as the strikers consistently found themselves in an off sides position. But in the sixth minute, junior Caitlyn Scott kept capitalized off a corner kick in front of the net. Again, the Kinston goalie found herself on the ground, as Scott tapped the ball into the back of the net for the second goal of the contest.

A minute after the following kick-off, a foul in the box gave junior defender Rubi Perez a chance at her second goal of the season on a penalty kick. She would deliver.

Moments later, senior striker and NCHSAA leading scorer Christian Heggie dribbled up the field, burned by one Vikings defender and tapped the ball through the legs of another to open up nothing but green between her and the goal. Heggie finished and locked up her 34th goal of the season. In the 24th minute, she added to her impressive season total with her 35th goal, assisted by senior Harley Hudson.

“Christian has got a great tally going,” Rodriguez said. “She’s got six games plus playoffs left. I don’t know what to say other than she’s doing a great job and is strong on the ball. She’s doing what all of us here knew she could do, and that’s score goals.”

Before the half, Mayo laid a perfectly placed cross to the foot of senior Elizabeth Miller, who crashed the net and rolled one across the goal line for Washington’s sixth goal.

Scott and Mayo recorded their second goal of the match, respectively, minutes into the second half, and after a barrage of shots from the Pam Pack strikers, Jefferson blasted a shot from about 20 yards out that floated over the outstretched hand of the goalie, ending the match via the mercy rule with about 27 minutes remaining on the clock.

Washington has five games remaining on its regular season schedule, including a rematch with Class 4-A J.H. Rose, who defeated the Pack in the season opener, 1-0. The team will face North Lenoir on the road today at 5 p.m.