05/05/12 — WCDS rolls past Ridgecroft

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WCDS rolls past Ridgecroft

By From staff reports
Published in Sports on May 5, 2012 11:15 PM

A new defensive lineup.

Strong play in the midfield.

Wayne Country Day continued its late-season charge and celebrated senior day with a 10-0, non-conference triumph over long-time nemesis Ridgecroft on Tuesday afternoon. The Chargers (12-5-0 overall) extended their win streak to four games heading into Friday's regular-season finale at The Epiphany School in New Bern.

"We have changed up our lineup, gone from a five-man defense to a four-man defense and they really looked good in it today ... holding their positions, and falling back and covering," WCDS head coach Paul Casey said. "Our defense has been strong all year. The problem we've been dealing with is not scoring enough goals in the big games.

"We've leaned a little bit more to an offensive lineup."

The change has worked.

Catherine Ford, one of three seniors, punched in four goals and dished out three assists. Sarah Best provided two goals and two assists, while Margaret Pope supplied two goals. Margaret Tanner delivered one goal and one assist.

Ridgecroft (2-8-0) added an own goal.

Wayne Country Day has outscored the opposition 22-0 in its last two outings and 86-26 overall this season.

Ford tallied back-to-back goals in the fifth and ninth minutes, the second coming on an assist from Best. Best collected the next two goals, including a highlight-reel, textbook header off a corner kick from Ford in the 19th minute.

The duo has accounted for 46 goals this season.

"Sarah and Catherine ... they play unselfish, look for each other and pass well to each other," Casey said. "A huge part of scoring goals is getting in position and getting the ball at the right time. Their unselfishness gives them a good chance."

Seniors Mack Thompson and Katherine Roethling, along with Karis Hawkins and Crawford Tanner spearheaded a defense that didn't allow a shot on goal in the 80-minute affair. Keeper Bailee Creger logged the shutout between the pipes.

WCDS has blanked six opponents this season.

At halftime, Casey honored his three seniors who served as captains for their final regular-season home game. Each player received a mini soccer ball that was signed by their teammates.

"They're a great bunch of girls," Casey said. "I don't know what we're going to do without them next year."