KERNERSVILLE — Bishop McGuinness took care of business quickly in the opening round of the NCHSAA 1A girls soccer playoffs Tuesday.
Keeping possession in their attacking end practically the whole time, the Villains needed just a half to swamp Uwharrie Charter 9-0 in a game stopped at the break by mercy rule.
Bishop, the No. 8 seed in the West, improves to 12-3 and advances to play at top-seed Huntersville Christ the King today at 6 p.m. No. 9-seed Uwharrie Charter, which finished second in the Yadkin Valley Conference behind Gray Stone Day, finishes the season 6-4.
Katelynn Williams and Anna Krawcyzk each scored a hat trick and accounted for Bishop’s first six goals. Emily Silva netted two scores and Bridget Barr added one.
“We knew the team we were playing was in a conference where some of the teams aren’t strong as ones we have played,” Bishop coach Ray Alley said. “We were confident we could put together a good offense. We have good offensive players and we played well. We have a lot of talent. It might be the most talented team we’ve ever had.”
Williams started the scoring on a shot from just inside the small box with 37:37 left in the first half. Shortly after that, the Villains found the net again but were whistled for offside, negating the goal.
Krawczyk resumed the scoring with just over 27 minutes left. She took a throw-in near the top of the attacking third, dribbled past a defender, turned the corner on the defense, shot from about 15 yards out and sent the ball toward the far post. Less than a minute later, she tallied again after taking in a pass in the middle from Justine Grimsley, who had outraced a defender on the right side.
Williams lofted a shot into the net from about 25 yards out with 23:20 left on the clock and the route was on. With just over 20 minutes to go, she beat the Eagle keeper on a breakaway after taking the ball near midfield and dribbling past the middle of the defense. Williams tallied from the top of the box and made it 6-0 with just over 14:30 left.
“(Katelynn and Anna) are the two who play up top for us,” Alley said. “Katelynn has really good speed. But Anna is our goal scorer. And, Emily is going to Wake Forest to play. So we have a lot of players on the team who score.”
Silva first scored after taking a pass from Emilia Pirkl and netted her second score by taking the ball near the top of the offensive third and dribbling in for a shot. Barr shot from the left top of the box and across into the near the far post to complete the scoring with four minutes to go.
Silva, Pirkl and Grimsley had two assists each and Addison Vitola contributed one.
Bishop struck for 22 shots while its defense kept the Eagles from mustering a serious scoring opportunity and the Villain keepers were not credited with a save. Alley substituted liberally in the last 20 minutes and put Avery Krivis, who is recovering from injury, in goal with about 17 minutes left.
“The goals we scored were good but our defense was solid. They didn’t get the ball down the field much,” Alley said. “I got Avery in. She’s had a knee issue and I think she’ll be able to play tomorrow. So that gets us back sort of to where we were.”
Bishop, which lost to private school powers Wesleyan Christian and Greensboro Day in addition to conference foe South Stokes, is ranked No.15 in 1A by MaxPreps. Christ the King is listed as No. 4. The Crusaders are 10-2 and went 8-1 to win the Southern Piedmont Conference.
“We’ve never played them before but we expect them to be a good team,” Alley said. “And you expect that you’ll have to beat good teams in the playoffs.”
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