“Overall we were not real sharp tonight and the cold may have had something to do with that,” said CHHS coach Chris Watts. “We looked sluggish and the touches were not as good as they usually are. It was not great but it was good enough to win.”
Chapel Hill wasted little time getting on the board, scoring their first goal within the first 30 seconds of the game. After the kickoff and two outside passes, Alex Watts hit Alyssia Lowers, who sent in a shot from left to right, just outside the 18 yard line. The ball cleared just under the bar putting the Lady Panthers up 1-0.
Around the midway point of the first half, Lowers sent in a corner kick and Watts put a body part on the ball, sending it past the goalie and into the net.
The third goal came late in the first half when Elizabeth Odom sent the ball up front, hitting Lowers, who beat the keeper and put the ball in for a 3-0 lead.
Nearly 85-percent of the game was played on offense for Chapel Hill. The defense did a good job of sending the ball up to the offense. Freshman keeper Taylor Sorrows recorded her second high school shutout of the young season.
The Lady Panthers are now 3-0-1 overall and have not yet played a region game.
The Cougar boys soccer team defeated visiting Fayette County Tuesday evening 6-0. Alexander outshot Fayette in the match 15-7.
AHS opened the scoring in the first half when Aaron Ayala scored in the 14th minute when he took the ball on a 40 yard dribble down the right flank.
The Cougars exploded in the second half for five goals. The first came in the seventh minute when Ayala scored on a through ball by Case Munro. Four minutes later Alexander received an own goal gift from Fayette after a cross from the right flank by Jarrett Culberson.
Ayala competed a hat trick at the 23rd minute when he received his second through ball from Munro. Sheldon Agmeyang then scored in the 37th minute from a combination play with Sanjai Jacob, which allowed Agmeyang to get inside the penalty kick area for an easy shot. Dom Ruggiero scored the final goal from his own corner kick.
Drew Gamel picked up three saves at the net. The defensive line of Matt Cooke, Jude Thornton, Stephen Tew and Patrick Gonzalez helped to compete the shutout victory. They gave up only seven long range shots. Ruggiero and Kevin Frost also played well in the midfield, allowing the team to sustain longer attacks at the net.