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Eagles shutout Crusaders for fourth straight win

Lincoln Charter’s Caitlyn Miller looks to pass to teammate Kali Snider (11) against Huntersville Christ the King on Thursday.

Lincoln Charter’s Caitlyn Miller looks to pass to teammate Kali Snider (11) against Huntersville Christ the King on Thursday.

By RYAN HERMAN
Sports Editor

DENVER –– Lincoln Charter’s girls soccer team is on a roll.
Tori Jackson scored two goals and the Eagles converted a pair of second-half penalty kicks to shutout visiting Huntersville Christ the King 5-0 in a non-conference match on Thursday.
The win was the fourth in a row for the Eagles, who have pitched four straight shutouts.
Playing its third match this week, Lincoln Charter (4-2) got a stern warning from head coach Dane Perry less than 2 minutes in.
“Ladies, step up the intensity,” Perry shouted from the bench, and the Eagles responded.
At that point the ball had yet to cross into Lincoln Charter’s half of the field, but afterwards the ball rarely entered the Crusaders’ half as the Eagles outshot them 19-5.
Jackson scored on a deflected ball in the box in the 10th minute, and Rachel Medina made it 2-0 20 minutes later when she scored on a cross from Caitlyn Miller.
Jackson gave her team a 3-0 lead at intermission when nailed a 30-yarder with 7:45 to play in the half.
Although Lincoln Charter’s offense died down a bit in the second 40 minutes, Christ the King had no answer for it in the first.
“We responded, but it took us a while,” Perry said. “We (played smart) at times and we didn’t at times. Goals came in bunches, it seemed.”
Daniella Cevallos made it 4-0 when she converted a penalty kick in the 56th minute after a handball in the box was called on the Crusaders. Elizabeth Brethen converted another penalty kick less than three minutes later following Kali Snider being brought down inside the box.
Since losing their first two matches down east in the Battle of the Beach tournament –– a 5-0 loss to state champion Southwest Onslow and a 9-0 loss to perennial power West Carteret –– the Eagles have outscored their last four opponents 10-0, and had a pair of 1-0 wins at Bandys and at Matthews Grace Academy on Monday and Tuesday.
“The beach trip was a bit of a nightmare, but I think it was good because some of our younger girls got exposed to what we were needing them to do,” Perry said.

Image courtesy of Jaclyn Anthony / Lincoln Times-News

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