In Friday night’s regular-season finale, Goldsboro’s speed and shiftiness quickly wore on the Wallace-Rose Hill players.
Bodies were hunched over, hands were placed on heads, and sprints were turned into jogs, while Goldsboro showcased a motor that Wallace-Rose Hill could not shut off.
The Cougars scored four goals in the first half and defeated Wallace-Rose Hill 6-0 on senior night. Goldsboro ends its season with a two-game winning streak and an 8-4 overall record.
“We tried to put a little pressure on Wallace-Rose Hill, and it worked,” Goldsboro head coach Jorg Wagner said. “We’re glad to put on a good show here for senior night.”
The score was 0-0 for the first 13 minutes of the game, but in the 14th minute, after a Wallace-Rose Hill handball inside the box, Erin Barnett converted the penalty kick to give Goldsboro a 1-0 lead.
Three minutes later, Libby Breeze scored a goal when she fired a shot that went off the Bulldog’s goalkeeper’s hands into the net.
The Cougars scored two more goals in the first half and led 4-0 halftime.
“We can take one or two star players out of the game,” Wagner said. “Our problem is when we run against eight or nine or 10 players, that gets a little difficult. “Wallace-Rose Hill is better than the result in this game.”
In the second half, the Bulldogs still had no answer for the Cougars, who continued to dominate the game.
Haley Phillips scored a goal in the 49th minute to increase Goldsboro’s lead to 5-0, and in the 75th minute, Barnett scored her second goal of the game to give Goldsboro a six-goal advantage.
Seniors Phillips and Shayla Greene played their final game in a Cougars’ jersey, and after the game, Wagner thanked them for their hard work and dedication to the Cougars’ program.
“Both seniors have been fantastic for us this year. Shayla has pure athleticism, and we knew that from her basketball career. To have her come out her senior year is fantastic,” Wager said. “In middle school, I knew Haley was technically sound and really fast. The girls listen to her, and there’s a reason she why was the co-captain.
“We’re going to miss them for sure, but we’re also looking forward to so many players come back.”