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ELIZABETHTOWN – Whiteville scored the game’s only goal in the first ten minutes of play to hand East Bladen their first loss of the season 1-0 Wednesday night in Three Rivers Conference girls soccer action.

“It was Senior Night and a lot of emotions going into the game, and those emotions got the best of us and we became unglued,” said East Bladen Coach Jay Raynor. “Whiteville wanted it way more than we did, and it showed all over the field. They were much more physical than we were and completely outworked us tonight.”

Raynor continued, “Kenia (Medina) had a fantastic game and held the league’s leading scorer to hardly any chances on goal. We had some big minutes from Merrit Martin who stepped in and played the second half on the backline. Heather Hardin played the full 80 minutes in-place of Gracyn (Martin) who was out with an injury. Maya (McDonald) had some looks on goal as did Patience (Ward).”

“We made some good pushes towards the end but just came up short,” concluded Raynor. “With their high backline we should’ve been able to get the ball in behind but we couldn’t. We dropped off and were out of position especially in the midfield which caused them to win every ball. The longer we went without scoring the harder Whiteville worked.”

The Lady Eagles are now in a tie with Whiteville for first place in the TRC. Both teams own 11-1 records. East Bladen is 14-1 overall and will return to action on April 29th at Red Springs.