VIRGINIA BEACH – After falling to Maury 4-0 in late April and in penalty kicks just last week, the Princess Anne girl’s soccer team earned the win when it needed it most, earning a 1-0 victory over the Commodores Wednesday night at the Virginia Beach Sportsplex in the 5A South Regional Semifinals.
“Tonight was a big game,” Cavaliers head coach Ken Fabian said. “In the third game we broke the ice, which is a big plus.”
The lone goal came in the 14th minute as senior forward Hannah Davenport sent the ball into the net with a shot from the middle after receiving a feed from Simone Marshall.
Defense reigned supreme for the rest of the match. The Cavaliers prevented Maury from capitalizing on several opportunities to score, with Isabel Kezman, Heather Bowden, Korena Shaw and Kylie Hampton set in the back and sophomore keeper Destiny Kinka in the box. Kinka had eight saves in the shutout.
“Our defense played superb,” Fabian said. “Destiny Kinka is actually a track runner; she doesn’t really have great technical stuff, but she came up big.”
Many of those shots came off the foot of Commodores junior forward Star White, who maneuvered around the defense a few times but was consistently stopped by Kinka. Abby Urban also provided a close chance in the 37th minute when she had an open shot but hit wide left.
“It could’ve gone either way,” Fabian said.
Princess Anne played cautiously after its score, leading to the team’s defensive-minded strategy. Offensively, the Cavaliers tested senior keeper Marina Pugh just a few times. Pugh had two saves, both after giving up the goal.
Maury’s offense attempted some late-game heroics, but Princess Anne’s defense held on for the win.
The Cavaliers play Mills Godwin Friday in the 5A South Region final. Both teams earn a berth in the VHSL state tournament for next week.