Tired Lady Demons can’t keep up with Corinth Holders

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The Fike High girls soccer team’s fifth game in seven days caught up with the Lady Demons on Wednesday night in the second half of its true home opener against Corinth Holders.

After being down 1-0 at halftime, the Lady Demons lost 4-0 to the 4-A Northern Athletic Conference Lady Pirates. Fike, which shared the 3-A Big East Conference regular-season title with Hunt last spring, dropped to 1-4-1 and was shut out for the third time this season. 

“I saw some tired legs,” said Fike head coach Toni Varacchi, who got her 400th win as girls coach Monday in a 4-1 victory over East Wake that was played at Gillette Soccer Complex. “We played a good first half, we battled well and we gave up one good look at the goal and (Lindy Morgan) put it away one on one. Jah’Asia Pernell has been making some great saves to keep us in the game, but we’re just out of gas.”

Pernell made seven saves on the night as the Lady Pirates (4-1) were able to shoot at the goal 11 times. Meanwhile, the Fike offense only managed to get two shots on goal and
Corinth Holders keeper Alyssa Walawender made two saves. Varacchi said the struggle to score has been because of the caliber of opponent the Lady Demons have played so far.

Lindy Morgan led the charge for the Lady Pirates with two goals and an assist on Wednesday night. Chloe Renfer and Abbey Recser scored the other goals. Sarah Barefoot provided the assist on Morgan’s second goal.

“We pushed hard and played well,” Lady Pirates head coach Alison Vetterl said. “Once we settled down and kind of just passed the ball together and moved the ball up the field together, that helped our situation to put some more goals on the board.”

Corinth Holders earned its fourth shutout of the season, and scored two or more goals for the third time. The Lady Pirates will host Fuquay-Varina on Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

Fike will be back home Friday for a match against J.H. Rose at 6 p.m. The Lady Demons play one more match after that before conference play starts Tuesday against Southern Nash, off to a 4-1 start.