Head coach Christopher Watts said he liked the team’s first-half effort against Islands.
“We were up 2-0 at the half, we passed very well and made some good touches. We were clearly the stronger team. [Islands] was a little rougher in the second half,” Watts said.
Junior striker Shayy Crawford, sophomore striker Alyssia Lowers and senior midfielder Alex Watts scored the goals for Chapel Hill that night.
With the game against Peach County just days away, Watts said he didn’t know much about his team’s upcoming opponent and resorted to looking at the caliber of their competition to see where he could make some comparisons.
“From what I gathered they’re a pretty good team and we’ll have to play well,” Watts said.
Prior to the playoffs the Lady Panthers finished the season with a 13-0-2 record — playing better than last season despite losing key players to graduation.
“We played great. We got better and didn’t have any real rough spots. Last season we had a few streaks of losses,” said Watts.
Watts said his team struggled the most this season when they played weaker teams, as they would play down to their level. However, they forced eight of their games to end early due to the mercy rule, which ends a game if one team is winning by 10 goals.
After losing several starters, Watts said he was a little worried coming into the season, but the worries were washed away once he noticed his returning strikers, Crawford and Lowers, were putting in a lot of goals.
“Shayy and Alyssia are such a great one-two punch. They both have had a number of hat tricks (three goals in a game) this season and have both scored over 30 goals this season,” Watts said.
Watts also said his midfield was contributing a “good share” of the goals as well and his defense has been “outstanding” as they returned three starters. Rounding out the board is the team’s freshman goalie, Taylor Sorrows, that Watts said has done a great job.