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Girls Soccer: East Bladen 4, East Columbus 0

LAKE WACCAMAW – Freshman Maya McDonald scored two goals and dished out an assist to lead East Bladen to a 4-0 Three Rivers Conference girls soccer victory over East Columbus Wednesday night.

In the eleventh minute of play, Lady Eagle senior Ashley Hardin sent a pass into junior Sydney Wober who touched it to McDonald for the finish from just 6 yards out.

In the 30th minute, sophmore Katie Evans delivered a pass to Wober who knocked in the shot for a 2-0 East Bladen lead.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, McDonald drove the ball deep into the Lady Gator defense then sent a pass to freshman Heather Hardin who scored the goal from close range.

“I wish we had more goals like that one,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “Heather’s goal was about being where she was supposed to be and outworking the other players. I am proud of Heather and the energy she brings to the game.”

With seven minutes left to play McDonald fired in her second goal to push the lead to 4-0.

“We showed glimpses of good soccer at times moving the ball, but we lacked intensity,” continued Raynor. “We have one of the most skillful teams to come through our program, but I honestly feel like we were outworked at times.”

East Bladen outshot the Lady Gators 29-1.

“Abbie (Collins) did well for us in the back as did Merritt Martin,” said Raynor. “Ashlyn (Futrell) and Lily (Lin) also brought a lot of energy into our midfield.”

Raynor concluded, “There were some good things but collectively as a team we have to be better.”

The Lady Eagles remain unbeaten at 10-0 in league play and 13-0 overall. East Bladen will travel to West Columbus Monday.

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