In a demanding week of nonconference matches, the Cape Fear Christian Academy varsity girls soccer team progressed from an 11-2 home loss to Lee Christian on Monday to a narrow 2-1 loss at Crossroads Christian of Henderson on Tuesday to their first victory of the season, 5-0, over visiting United Faith of Charlotte on Friday.
Alexis Crumley had four goals as the Eagles got into the win column.
“This week was a baptism by fire for many of the players,” said CFCA coach Michael Breslin. “Three matches in one week is a lot. For a young team like ours, it was a tremendous challenge. The girls learned a great deal this week.
“For me, it was a lot of repeating the basics — win the 50-50 balls, communicate, do your job and trust your teammate to do hers. In the game vs. United Faith, the girls played very well as a team and they did all the things I asked of them.
“We took control of the game immediately with two quick goals by Lexie Crumley (one assisted by Ella John Dupree and the other unassisted). The girls all played well. Laney Avery did a great job controlling the midfield and Nina Sauer made great runs on the wing. Every player contributed and it was a great team effort.”
Dupree scored as CFCA led 4-0 the half. Avery and Samantha Ogden also had assists. Carlie Spencer was in goal for the shutout.
The Eagles are scheduled to start Sandhills Athletic Conference play at home on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. against Fayetteville Christian.