by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi
Washington & Lee ended Northumberland’s seven-game winning streak, scoring two goals in the first 12 minutes to beat the previously undefeated Lady Indians, 2-0, in varsity girls soccer last week.
NHS, 7-1, will host Essex at 7 p.m. Friday, April 26.
Devonna Fisher scored the go-ahead goal for W&L in last week’s upset and Esmeralda Zelaya scored the second.
The Lady Eagles took 11 shots in the game and the Lady Indians 12.
“They came out fast and moved the ball quickly,” said NHS coach Mark Fridenstine. “And we took too many minutes to adjust.”
Northumberland’s offense was held scoreless for the first time this season.
“We had problems connecting passes and with the 50/50 balls,” said Fridenstine.
Cameron Lewis took seven shots, “but was constantly double and occasionally triple-teamed,” he said.
McKensey Smithart had seven takeaways for NHS. Also leading the Northumberland defense were Nigeria Ball, Alice Sisson, Autumn Taylor and goalkeeper Addie Swisher.
Candia Ceniya accounted for all of the offense on both sides, scoring the winning goal 12 minutes into the first half to lift Washington & Lee over Northumberland, 1-0.
The Lady Indians took six shots and the Lady Eagles, five.
Northumberland’s Gracie Sisson led both teams with three shots on goal, while Emily Rice, Abby Jennings and Madison Garrity took one shot each for NHS.
Zainabu Kangethe had four takeaways for Northumberland and Cristal Acosta had three.
Northumberland, 3-2 overall, will host Essex at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 26.