The Triton girls soccer team improved to 2-0 with a 3-1 win at Smithfield-Selma on Wednesday night.
“We played really well in some tough conditions,” said Triton coach Brian Foster. “It was our first road game and varsity had to wait for two-and-a-half hours in the cold and wind before their game started. And we started like we were frozen.
“SSS has a few really good players and no glaring weaknesses and they moved the ball pretty well but struggled to make any break through our defense. We didn’t have any real possession until Daughtry Williams was able to possess the ball in midfield pick her head up and lay a great through ball in front of Kiana McNeill who finished well past the goalkeeper.
“That was nine minutes in. We grew into the game and upped the pressure and finally forced a deep throw in. Skylar Cranston made a great long throw to Ana-Beth Brewer who controlled, turned and finished low past the keeper at 20 minutes.
“They scored a few minutes later out of a scrum in front of goal when we didn’t clear properly and it looked like we might head into the half up one, but with three minutes left in the first Laura Castro placed a great corner for Cranston to run onto and finish at the back post.
“The second half was back and forth and our keeper, Mona Sango, made a couple crucial stops and ended the game with five saves. … If I had to distill last night’s win down to one thing that I liked most it would be that all of our goals were assisted. None of them were cheap and we got all of them through team play.”
The Hawks host Midway on Friday night at 6:30. The Raiders were 1-0 going into a home game tonight (Thursday) with Cape Fear High School of Cumberland County.
The Raiders opened the season with a 6-0 home win over Lakewood in which Kasey McLamb scored four times in the first half.