Providence High is eager to extend its roll in girls’ soccer.
The Panthers beat East Forsyth 4-1 in the third round of the N.C. 4A playoffs Tuesday at Providence, improving to 21-1-1 overall. Four players scored goals for Providence, which ran its record to 3-1 against East Forsyth in the last three seasons, including 2-1 in postseason.
“That’s the thing we’re all playing for when we get to this point in our matches,” Panthers coach Timothy Long said. “I don’t have to remind these girls we’re 0-0 record, it doesn’t matter what their overall record was or ours is at this point. It’s one and done at this point.”
Providence was dominant throughout, starting with Lauren Koval’s goal off a corner kick and Megan Gray’ssuccessful penalty kick for a 2-0 advantage. East Forsyth’s Megan Walsh shaved the deficit to a goal at halftime off Morgan Everett’s assist, but Providence picked up the pace to put the match out of reach. Maddy McGarry’s pass to Michaela Daniels for a goal in the 56th minute extended the advantage and Ellie Deaver scored the finale on Molly McGarry’s assist in the 71st minute.
“We have some great players on our team and some that have been here for a while,” Long said. “If we’re going to succeed, we have to know that if they take those players away somebody’s going to have to step up. Tonight is perfect when you have the balanced scoring.”
East Forsyth (16-5-1) opened the second half by taking the offensive initiative, but couldn’t break through for the equalizer. Providence, which beat the Eagles 5-2 on March 22 in Kernersville, seized the momentum by returning to the attack, which put East off-balance.
“We were quite aware of what we were getting to,” Eagles coach Chad Lorentz said. “We had a little bit of a shaky start because they put you under pressure, which kind of forced some mistakes the first 10 minutes and took advantage.”
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