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South Granville falls to Richlands in second round

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CREEDMOOR The South Granville girls soccer team was defeated by the Richlands Wildcats in the second round of the NCHSAA 2A soccer playoffs on May 10. The final score was 1-0.

South Granville battled the entire contest, but the Wildcats seemed a step quicker to the ball on many occasions.

South Granville had several looks at the goal in the second half but could not get the ball in the net.

With 10 minutes to go in the match, head coach James Vasilko needed to find more offense. Kat Pendergrass had been in goal since the injury to Layla Besaw. Vasilko needed Pendergrass’ passing ability, so he pulled her out of goal. Pendergrass was replaced in the net by freshman Sadie Bowling.

Pendergrass made an immediate impact, getting the ball down the line to Naomi Campbell. The shots got closer and closer, but Avery Grice stopped shot after shot in goal for the Wildcats.

The thought of their final match started to set in for some on the field as the final horn sounded. Many teammates rushed to the seniors to try to console them as tears began to fall.

The Lady Vikings finished the season with a 15-3-1 record.

“We have had a very good season,” Vasilko said. “I believe we have set a season record with 15 wins, along with being the first South Granville soccer team to win a conference title.”

Vasilko also praised the defensive effort by the team this season.

“We had 11 shutouts and only gave up more than one goal four times this season,” he noted.

When starting keeper Layla Besaw went out with an injury, Kat Pendergrass stepped in at goal. Pendergrass, a junior, had not played keeper since her freshman year.

“Kat did an awesome job in goal for us,” Vasilko said. “Pendergrass and Naomi Campbell, the team’s offensive leader, worked well together and our offense suffered a bit when I had to move Pendergrass in to goal.”

Vasilko said he was proud of how senior captains Caylea Clark and Makayla DePinto led the team this season.

“Caylea is an intelligent player and she did a good job keeping the defense organized,” Vasilko said. “Our other senior defender, Pilar Carbajal, also did an excellent job all season. Being on the left side, she often had to face the other team’s strongest forward.”

For Clark, Jalia Medlin, Madison Kelly, Carbajal and DePinto, the season may be over, but they leave behind a lasting legacy for other teams to follow.