Women’s soccer comes away with weekend road sweep

September 11, 2017

LOUISBURG, N.C. — The Patrick Henry Community College women’s soccer team came away with a perfect road weekend (Sept. 9-10) with wins over Regent University and Louisburg College. The Lady Pats downed Regent 8-0 before turning around in 24 hours to defeat Louisburg 3-0.

The pair of clean sheets along with a 4-0 win over Cape Fear on Sept. 6 now makes it three straight wins where the PHCC women have not conceded a goal.

“Always nice to bring home two road wins back to back,” Patriots head coach Lynn Murphy said. “The girls are really starting to buy into the system, and we’re possessing the ball more, putting together combination goals and playing team defense. We did a really good job of getting the ball out wide and switching the field this weekend instead of just playing direct.”

The Lady Pats (3-1, 1-1) scored three times inside the first 22 minutes of the first half against Louisburg. Sophomore Kirsten Downey opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 6th minute. Fellow sophomore Monica Brown put PHCC up 2-0 with her goal in the 16th minute on assists from freshman Inayah Martin and sophomore Maddie Birckhead, showcasing the team’s combination play. Sophomore Chelsea Ford rounded out the scoring six minutes later converting a corner kick from Downey.

Against Regent the day before, PHCC scored six first-half goals behind a hat trick from Martin. Freshman Elly Fitzpatrick scored the game’s first goal just 35 seconds into the match, assisted from Martin. Brown and Brittany Boitnott added the other goals in the half, while Downey and Birckhead tallied the second-half goals on assists from Fitzpatrick and Maddie Tingen.

Murphy said it was nice to see quick starts in both matches over the weekend.

Sophomore Kelsey Cruise and freshman Anna Flinchum combined to make three saves in the first win and one save in the Region X victory over Louisburg.

PHCC rounds out a three-game road stretch in four days at Region X foe Cape Fear on Sept. 12. It then returns to the Smith River Sports Complex for home matches against USC Lancaster on Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. and Sept. 20 vs. Spartanburg at 5:30 p.m. Spartanburg handed the Lady Pats their only loss this season, 3-2, in South Carolina.

“It should be a tough match against Cape Fear, they’re very similar to Spartanburg,” Murphy said.

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