By Brad Fauber
WOODSTOCK -- Warren County's girls soccer team needed a half to work the kinks out against host Central on Friday night.
The Wildcats, fresh off a long road trip to George Mason on Thursday in their season opener, is still trying to completely mesh its group of returning girls with the new arrivals from last season's junior varsity squad. Warren County seemed to finally hit its stride in the second half on Friday, as the Wildcats scored three goals in the final 40 minutes to pick up a 3-1 Bull Run District/Conference 28 victory.
"We were maybe a little tired from last night's away game, long road trip. Just getting the rust off. We've only been outside twice ... [We need] just to get the feel of working together, I think," Wildcats coach Mike Carpenter said.
"We had a good halftime. We talked things through. They knew what they had to do, they just had to go out and do it."
Warren County (1-1, 1-0 Bull Run) controlled most of the action early in the match, as the Wildcats fired five shots in the first 21 minutes. But it was Central (0-1, 0-1)that got on the board first, as Falcons junior Brooke Poff found junior Jennifer Philpott with a pass in the penalty box, and Philpott send a shot across the box into the right corner of the net to put the Falcons up 1-0 in the 36th minute.
The Wildcats finally answered with their first goal of the season nearly 10 minutes into the second half.
Warren County sophomore Nina Richards was tripped in the penalty box as she attempted to chase down a cross pass by senior Kelsea Potts, drawing a penalty shot opportunity for the Wildcats. Potts then delivered a shot into the upper left corner of the net to knot the score at 1-1.
"It was a tale of two halves. They did well the first half, lots of hustle," Falcons coach Hap Kwiatkowski said.
"I was pretty pleased with the first half. I think what happened is that PK was a momentum changer. ... It let some of the air out our sails."
Potts then broke the tie for good in the 57th minute when she dribbled along the goal line past a Central defender and punched the ball into the net for her second goal of the night.
"Basically I had someone on my back and I just tapped it to the inside. She kept going to the center and I tapped it around her and tapped it in," Potts said.
Warren County scored one more time in the 61st minute, as Courtney L'Amoreaux's corner kick was deflected by Central keeper Gladys Galmiche-DeDios right to Wildcats sophomore Savanah Falls, who sent a shot off her chest into the net for her first career varsity goal.
Warren County out-shot Central 15-9 in the match. Galmiche-DeDios tallied six saves -- three in each half -- for the Falcons.
"They're working well together, team chemistry. They're working well together in practice and everything. The players stepping up from JV are getting used to the speed of play," Carpenter said.
"We played the same formation [in the second half], we played the same players. I think it was just getting more familiar in working with each other. I think that was the big difference."
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