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Near Perfection! BEA girls dominate Lady Rangers to advance to second round of D6 playoffs

By Kenny Varner

WINGATE – Coming into Tuesday night’s playoff contest against Forest Hills, the Bald Eagle girls soccer team looked prime, ready and focused as they took the field.

That look switched to a near-perfect first half performance leading the Lady Eagles to a convincing 4-0 first round victory in the District 6 Class AA playoffs.

It was a battle of fifth and fourth seeds.

The Eagles will move onto play Bedford in second round action.

“They’ve been playing well. They’ve been playing well the last two or three games. It seems like we finally found our rhythm . It’s been a weird season  that we’ve been having. We’ve had  people that have been hurt or injured and things like that,” said Bald Eagle Area coach Jared Moore. “I think for them to finally come through here these last two weeks we’ve built some good momentum going into the playoffs and we are really using it right now.”

After allowing the Lady Rangers to take the initial possession down in their back-third. The back-line of the Eagles sent the Rangers away without even a shot at the goal.

After clearing it out to their frontline , the Lady Eagles were able to push the ball down the field and behind the back line.

Bald Eagle struck first at 35:32 when AlexPacker had a rebound come her way and she blasted it through the goal for the 1-0 lead.

At the 33-minute Mark, the Lady Rangers had their only shot on goal for the half sail wide.

Bald Eagle seemed to be a step quicker and their pinpoint passes were hitting their marks.

With a ball sent downfield, speedster Falen McHenry blazed her way down the field catching up with the ball and sent another sailing past the Forest Hills goalie, upping the score to a 2-0 advantage at 32:26 left in the first half.

Offensively, the Lady Eagles continued to put pressure down in the Lady Rangers side of the field.

They seemed to be knocking on the door for most of the half.

The Lady Eagles offense forced a miscue by Forest Hills as they accidentally shot a ball back in its own goal, giving the home team a big lead as it went into the intermission, leading 3-0.

Bald Eagle posted eight shots in the first while the Lady Rangers were able to manage just one shot.

After a halftime talk, the Eagles came back out with the same intensity it had in the first.

McHenry got free again in the second on yet another break away attempt and set her team up for a 4-0 lead.

From there, the Lady Rangers tightened up their defense and was able to get down on the Eagles’ side but with no success as the Eagles were able to get their reserves some key playing time en route to the 4-0 total team victory.

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