The Wilmington High School girls soccer team defeated Clinton-Massie 2-0 Tuesday in a SBAAC American Division match at Alumni Field.
The win puts the Lady Hurricane at 5-5-2 overall and 3-2-1 in the American Division. Clinton-Massie is 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the division.
After a scoreless first half, Wilmington took a 1-0 lead early in the second half on a goal by Jasmine Jamiel in the 44th minute. The goal was set-up by Petra Bray and Katlyn Jamiel.
In the 72nd minute, WHS made it 2-0 when Katlyn Jamiel found Autumn Housh down the right side and Housh found the goal just inside the left post.
“We’ve struggled to finish around the goal this year,” WHS coach Kerry Lewis said. “We keep working on it and breaking down film. Autumn and Jasmine finished tonight. Love the way our strikers attacked the goal. That’s exactly what we needed.”
Karlie Morgan picked up the shutout in goal for the Lady Hurricane.
“Karlie played great,” Lewis said. “Karlie did have to make one great save early in the game. Massie took a shot from distance right to left and it was a bullet toward the back post upper 90. But Karlie pushed it past the post with one hand.”
Lewis said Bray was a “work horse” from her defensive center-mid position.
“Petra has a nose for the ball and she won a ton of loose balls,” Lewis said. “Petra’s work rate is outstanding. Petra is really growing up in the midfield and it allows Katlyn to get higher and impact the game offensively. Kate is a beast and teams struggle to contain her.”
Lewis said the WHS back line was solid in the victory and rarely made a mistake. Center backs Sophie Burt and Jenna Victor, outside backs Claire Greenlees, Suzannah Johns and Bradeanna Arehart helped WHS keep Massie off the scoreboard.
“Suzannah did a great job containing Massie’s speedy striker, Emily Ireland,” Lewis said. “She’s a handful. For the most part, we kept Massie out of the box and forced shots from long distance. We did catch a break late in the game when Massie slotted a pretty through ball on the back side to Mikhayla Carter. Carter is returning from injury and she buries that ball if she’s 100 percent healthy.”