Chamberlain's late goal lifts Chiles past Leon

Chamberlain's late goal lifts Chiles past Leon

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Chamberlain's late goal lifts Chiles past Leon

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The Chiles Timberwolves and Leon Lions are city – and District 2-4A – rivals in girls soccer.

This season isn’t any different, and plenty was at stake in Monday’s highly-anticipated match, from bragging rights to possession of first place in the district standings.

Round one goes to Chiles, which defeated visiting Leon 1-0 on a late goal from senior Bethany Chamberlain.

After a scoreless first half, the Chiles captain capitalized on her only shot on frame with a strike that sailed just out of the reach of Leon goalie, Patty Prather.

“We countered on a throw-in and took it down line, and Morgan Overstreet crossed it to me and I turned and shot and it happened to go in,” Chamberlain said.

Chiles outshot Leon 5-2 during the first period and seemed to be gaining momentum into halftime.

However, a string on breakaways by Leon in the second half proved the game was still to be decided. Even after Chamberlain’s goal in the 71st minute, the Lions continued to press with several opportunities at the end of the match.

“I thought Leon played a great game. I thought they out played us, ball to ball. We just somehow find a way to win when we’re not even playing well,” Chiles coach Mike Wallace said.

“All in all, Chamberlain stepped up tonight. Buried a goal when she had a chance.”

With the win, Chiles improved to 4-0 in districts and 5-1 overall.

“The girls being 5-1 now, they just have to learn to play with consistency all the way through. That’s our biggest thing. Playing the way we can play all the time and pressuring teams,” Wallace said.

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