Charles B. Aycock’s Haley Martin

Charles B. Aycock’s Haley Martin (9) gets ready to catch the ball during the Golden Falcons’ contest against Goldsboro on Wednesday evening. The Golden Falcons would go on to win the match, 4-1.

On a chilly Wednesday evening, Charles B Aycock’s girls’ soccer team earned a 4-1 win over Goldsboro. The Golden Falcons and Cougars are now both 1-1 overall.

The Golden Falcons’ defense did a good job all game keeping the Cougars from getting open looks at the goal. The senior keeper McKenzie Norris had seven saves, while Hannah Spier scored three goals.

“The girls played well tonight especially coming off 6-0 conference loss against New Bern,” C.B. Aycock head coach Paul Casey said. “We really needed a good game and to come back and get a win.”

Casey expected the Cougars to play physical and said he was impressed with how his team handled Goldsboro’s attacking style of play.

“Goldsboro’s a physical team,” Casey said. “Our defenders had to stand strong and play the game the best way they could.”

In a close first half, Spier scored her first goal off a penalty kick, and the Golden Falcons had a 1-0 lead at halftime.

In the second half, the Golden Falcons hit their stride. Spier scored two goals in the second half as the Golden Falcons built up a 3-0 lead. Then in the 55th minute, Colleena Zacharzuk weaved her through the box and knocked a shot past the Goldsboro keeper to give the Golden Falcons a 4-0 lead.

“We didn’t change our strategy in the second half. I put some key players in different positions,” Casey said

The Cougars, who played tough all game, scored their only goal of the game when a C.B. Aycock player scored an own goal late in the second half.

“We’re still trying to figure it all out,” said Casey. “This is only our second game, so we’re still trying to figure out what works. I’ve got 24 girls on my roster, and we’re still figuring out where everybody goes, but we found some things out in the first half that we weren’t able to find out against New Bern.”