Weddington scored two early goals Wednesday night, and its stifling defense held Cuthbertson in check as the Warriors beat the Cavaliers 4-1 to advance to the N.C. 3A girls soccer final.
Danielle DeLuca put the Warriors on the board just over 10 minutes into the game with a shot from the right side to the far post. Fifteen minutes later, Maggie Wadsworth extended that lead with a rocket from 20 yards.
Cuthbertson finally found a crack in the Weddington defense with just under two minutes left in the half on Cassie Robbs shot from 35 yards. The Cavaliers had no luck all night on shots inside the penalty box.
We talk all season about defense. We play three in the back, so weve got to be very tenacious in how we play. We dont like to give up shots, Weddington coach Powell Williams said. We do such a great job at stepping in and preventing shots because again (long goals) happens.
Weddingtons defense held strong into the second half, although the team was looking for an insurance goal to prevent a comeback after it had a shot clank off the crossbar.
That insurance goal came with 15 minutes left with Wadsworths second of the game. This time it was from 35 yards, almost the exact same spot as Robbs first-half goal.
Williams credits Wadsworths improvement as a scorer to her driving to the goal and passing to her teammates more, opening extra opportunities.
People tend to get sleepy and then they forget about her, Williams said of Wadsworth, so then all of a sudden shes kind of laying there like a shark just ready to pound the ball in.
Weddington will play Chapel Hill in the state championship game Saturday in Raleigh.
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