Charlotte scored twice in a four-minute span in the first half to remain unbeaten in CAAC Gold girls soccer play with a 2-1 win over Eaton Rapids Wednesday night.
The Orioles (5-1 overall, 3-0 CAAC Gold) fell behind on a goal from Megan McGarry, but responded with strikes from Lindsey Carlson and Michelle Quintela to run out with the win.
Charlotte coach Ryan Sisco said that slow starts are nothing new for his young team this year.
“I think it’s just taken us a while to warm up in each game because it took so long to get outside,” Sisco said. “You can only do so much with a futsal (indoor soccer) ball inside, when you get outside it bounces differently. With the 12-month winter that we had, we’re still finding our rhythm.”
McGarry opened the scoring with a shot from about 25 yards out that sophomore goalkeeper Kylie Smith wishes she had back, but Smith made amends in the second half, when the Greyhounds (3-2, 2-1) had much more of the play, and threatened to score until the very last seconds of the contest.
ER keeper Nitasha Cooper kept her team in the game, making diving saves on two different long-range blasts by Sierra Sisco, before Charlotte finally broke through with the equalizer. Maggie Goeman sent Carlson through cleanly on the left-wing side of the box, and Carlson’s cool finish with the outside of her right boot gave Copper no chance and made the score 1-1 with 12:10 left in the half.
The Orioles took the lead four minutes later, when Cooper made another acrobatic save on a shot by Carlson, but Quintela was there to tap in the rebound.
“We were flat in the first half, didn’t play well,” Eaton Rapids coach Jason Zeller said. “They out-worked us, went to every ball hard, and we didn’t.
“It’s one that we wanted to win, and one we needed to win to get to the goals we want. But I guess that depends on whether we learn from it or not.”