Warren County girls score first goal, tie Central

FRONT ROYAL – Warren County High School’s girls’ soccer team scored its first goal of the season, but it was not enough as the Wildcats tied Central High’s team 1-all in two overtimes in Bull Run District action.

“They just had it tonight, I don’t know what ‘it’ is, but we had it. I could tell from the way we warmed up that we were ready tonight,” said Warren coach Mike Carpenter.

Warren County (0-5-1 overall, 0-4-1 Bull Run District) had lost five consecutive matches without tallying a point. Central is 1-2-1 district, 3-2-1 overall.

The Wildcats lost the core of their scoring to the senior class of 2016 and then injuries and vacancies took their toll on the home team, which had been outscored 23-0 until Thursday night.

At least six members of the team were either injured, ill or traveling on spring vacation.

Still, Warren County senior Lisette Moya’s goal 47 minutes into the match gave the Wildcats their first lead in girls’ soccer, 1-0.

Central started off strong in the first half, putting five shots at goal before Warren County could attempt its first shot, but then the Wildcats gained momentum.

The ‘Cat defense seemed to be outhustling the Falcon defense to free balls.

Finally, at the 61-minute mark, Central’s Sydney Crosser attempted a goal and then teammate Ciara Philpott (11 goals in 2016) took her first shot of the match.

Warren County goalkeeper Hannah Pack gave way to Philpott, whose second attempt on goal attempt found the net in the 67th minute.

The Wildcats attempted three shots in the two five-minute overtime periods to none for the visiting Falcons.

“We had our chances early, but just couldn’t take care of them,” said Central coach Kim Dellinger. “What was happening beginning at the first part of the first half and some into the second was our midfielders stopped dropping back as quickly as they should have.

“We started rebounding near the end of the second half.”

The Wildcats had a head-on goal to win the second overtime but the ball was stopped by Falcon goalkeeper Kendall Herbaugh.

“That was quite a game from both teams. On one end, you had Kendall Herbaugh stepping up and stopping a shot while Hannah Pack did the same thing down on this end. You could go all season without seeing that,” said Carpenter.

Herbaugh stopped six shots allowing a single score; Pack stopped 10 goals, allowing a point.

Central put 10 shots at goal with Crosser’s half-dozen leading the way. Warren’s Moya attempted three shots, while Rachel Breeden attempted two and Brooke Henry tried three for Warren County.

Each team had a chance to score a goal at the end of the first half, but both attempts failed.

Contact Jim Laise at sports@nvdaily.com