KERNERSVILLE — In the end, Bishop McGuinness’ roller-coaster made it back up the hill.
The Villains built a sizable lead, then quickly fell behind but recovered to beat South Stokes 4-3 for a key victory in Northwest 1A Conference girls soccer Monday at Bishop’s George L. Repass Memorial Field.
“Instead of dwelling on being behind, you’ve got to get another goal,” Bishop coach Ray Alley said. “And we’ve already shown that we can score on this team. So, I think they responded well and I think they play well together, even though everyone didn’t play great.”
Katelynn Williams had a goal and two assists to lead the Villains (7-1 overall, 7-0 NWC), who gained the advantage on the conference championship and with it the NWC’s only automatic playoff berth.
Anna Krawczyk added a goal and an assist while Emily Silva and Eliza Ofsanko netted one goal each as Bishop rallied from a 3-2 deficit at halftime after allowing a flurry of three goals in the final three minutes of the first half.
“I think we were pretty mad at ourselves,” said Krawczyk, a sophomore. “We knew what we needed to do and we got it done.”
Ofsanko scored on a penalty kick to even the match in the 49th minute after Silva drew a foul in the penalty area. In the 57th minute, Krawczyk took a pass along the right side and slid a shot just inside the left post for the go-ahead score.
“I saw some space and I passed it to Katelynn,” Krawczyk said. “And then she passed it to me in the space, and I got a little touch and put it in the corner.
“It felt really nice because I was having a little trouble trying to score this game, but it felt nice scoring that goal and giving us the lead.”
Bishop, which lost defender Anna Seach to an arm injury late in the first half, then held on as the Sauras (4-2, 4-2) tried to even the match. The Villains — who were outshot 25-22 — got 10 saves from Emily Agejew to seal the win.
Williams gave Bishop the lead in the 11th minute when she scored along the far post off a corner kick. Silva extended the lead in the 31st minute when she broke in behind the defense, controlled a bouncing ball and scored.
But South Stokes — getting three rapid-fire goals from Jenna Shotton — scored twice in the 38th minute, less than 30 seconds apart, and again in the 39th minute to take a 3-2 lead into halftime.
But the Villains regrouped in the second half and clinched a big win.
“It’s really big,” Krawczyk said. “It gets us excited and pushes us to win more games, do the best we can and get ready for the playoffs.”