LUMBERTON — With the prep girls soccer season in its infancy, Lumberton coach Kenny Simmons knows his team has an edge up front.
Thanks to the striker duo of senior captain Madi Britt and junior Michaela Nash, the Pirates return both of their leading scorers from last year’s attack.
“It’s great to have our two leading goal-scorers back from last year,” Simmons said. “That’s a great one-two punch for us and they’re going to have to carry the share of the scoring load for us”
“When they’re both clicking, they’re going to be a force.”
It’s just a matter of getting them warmed up and on Wednesday, Lumberton appeared in midseason form with a 4-2 win over Cape Fear.
It took until the second half for Britt to start converting on her scoring chances and Nash added an assist.
Lumberton (2-0) controlled possession for the majority of the game and found scoring opportunities. The Pirates finished with 15 shots on goal. The Colts put up seven in the game, the number Lumberton had in the second half.
Cape Fear goalie Amanda Nessen was one of the primary issues as she stopped 11 shots. Even on the looks that weren’t on-goal, the Pirates had chances to get in the box before they’d have the ball swiped by a defender or a wide shot.
“I thought first half we moved the ball very well. Our possession game was really good,” Simmons said. “We would have definitely liked to see us convert a few more chances. We created some great scoring chances, we just couldn’t find a hole.”
Lumberton’s only goal in the first half came from sophomore midfielder Summer Martin, who hit a lob shot on a basketball-style play. As the ball was played near the front of the net, Martin stayed centered at the back of the box. As the ball darted quickly in her direction, she lobbed it with her left foot, placing it near the top of the net.
The goal came in the first 10 minutes to give Lumberton a 1-0 lead at halftime.
After that, Britt found her stride and scored on two separate through balls, both on long passes that she brought in from the right side, finishing with a quick strike.
She hit the first 12 minutes into the half on a pass from Chloe Locklear, the second in the final 10 off a pass from Martin. Her final goal put Lumberton up 4-1.
Locklear had the team’s only other goal, scoring a header off a corner kick from Nash.
“Madi seems to be clicking. She had four goals the other night against South View and she had two tonight,” Simmons said.
After Britt’s first goal, Lumberton’s lead remained at least two points the rest of the game.
Cape Fear’s Taylor Jacobs scored both of the Colts’ goals. She scored her first midway through the second half, bringing it in on the right before placing the shot high and center. Her second was on a rebound in the final two minutes.
Lumberton goalie Brittany Bolin had four saves before the Pirates sent in Alexis Andrews, who had one save. Each allowed a single goal.