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South Granville defense stifles Carrboro

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CREEDMOOR South Granville battled Carrboro, one of the best 2A soccer teams in the state, to a scoreless draw on April 25.

The Lady Vikings did so without starting goalkeeper Layla Besaw, who was out with a concussion, and leading scorer Naomi Campbell.

South Granville coach Jim Vasilko said after the game he would have liked to notch a win, but was pleased with the effort against one of the state’s finest.

“I think our defense today was the best it has been all season,” Vasilko said. “Kat (Pendergrass) did a great job in goal. You do that in a game, stopping the other team from scoring, and you can win a state championship.”

Senior captain Caylea Clark said the Lady Vikings changed up its defensive approach heading into the contest.

“Instead of playing four back we played three back with a sweeper,” Clark said. “Tonight was the first time I had ever seen or played the sweeper position. I think we did pretty solid with it and we may use it going into playoffs.”

Makayla DePinto, another senior captain, added, “We really had to work together as a team to play a lot of defense. We stood our ground tonight and I am really proud of this team.”

Carrboro was well prepared to move the ball against South Granville. The Lady Jaguars often switched fields and made it tough to keep track of the ball.

“Carrboro is the best passing team that we have played so far,” Jaila Medlin said. “They use a lot of give-and-goes, which is why they were able to pass the ball well. It seemed like I was running in circles the whole time.”

Despite Carrboro’s adept attack, South Granville notched the shutout with Pendergrass recording 18 saves.

“(Pendergrass) is obviously our player of the game,” Vasilko said. “She was put in a difficult position and did a great job.”

Madison Kelly, another senior for the Lady Vikings, added, “It was such a good game, that is all I could think about, especially with Kat (Pendergrass) in goal. I have played with Kat since middle school and to see her grow especially in goal. She has not done that in a while and she killed it tonight.”

The Lady Vikings moved to 13-2-1 with the playoffs looming right around the corner. Soccer seeding is scheduled for Monday and South Granville hopes to host the first round Tuesday.