WILMINGTON – Sophie Burt’s coast to coast goal late in the match Saturday lifted the Wilmington High School girls soccer team to a 1-0 win over Stebbins in non-league action at Alumni Field.
“Sophie lived every center-back’s dream,” WHS coach Alex Rhinehart said. “She took the ball from the other team, dribbled the full length of the field and scored.”
The unassisted goal came in the 74th minute of a scoreless match.
“What makes it even better is that she (Burt) fulfilled her wish from earlier in the game. During a water break, Sophie told assistant coach Haley Brausch she wanted to score. Coach Brausch told Sophie to go do it.
“I don’t think I have seen a bigger smile on someone’s face this year. Sophie I think surprised even herself.”
Rhinehart said the goal was Burt’s first since fifth grade.
But the match wasn’t over.
WHS goalkeeper Karlie Morgan “made a critical save” shortly after Burt’s goal to preserve the victory.
“The team played well,” Rhinehart said. “We’ve struggled to find the focus and intensity we’ve needed lately. Today, we found both and it resulted in a win.”