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Chatham Charge U-16 girls' soccer team defeats the U-16 Lumber River Gunners 4 - 2

By Lex Alford
Posted Tuesday, September 15, 2009

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Lumberton, NC - The Chatham Charge U-16 girls Challenge team faced the formidable Lumber River Gunners U-16 girls Sunday afternoon at the Carroll Middle school fields in Lumberton, in their season opener.

The Gunners are big, strong and fast. Owing to the heat and the lack of substitutions for both teams, the game was split into quarters with breaks at each quarter and half time for water. The Charge's right forward, Olivia Griffin, was the first to score. The Gunners fought back managing two shots on goal saved by Goal Keeper Dianne Thompson.

In the second quarter left forward, Rebecca Moore, made a beautiful shot to put the Charge up 2-0. The gunners continued to attack but were denied any good shots on goal by the tenacious defending of Tasha Rothenberger and Katheryn Lloyd at right and left center back and Dana Walker, Megan Perez, and Sarah McBride as outside backs and midfielders.

Keeper Dianne Thompson covered her goal well as the Gunners' shots missed wide and over the top of the goal and as she made an additional easy save. The Gunners were able to squeeze their first goal, near post, after a Charge defensive error making the score 2-1. Gabby Mehringer, who offered excellent offensive and defensive support and assistance throughout the game, drove a shot past the Gunners keeper, after beating their central defender, to make the score 3-1.

The heat and fatigue was wearing on both teams as another Charge defensive error in the right corner lead to a chip shot by the Gunners, over our keepers outstretched, hands bringing the score to 3-2. Sierra Atwater made a beautiful assist to Rebecca Moore who dribbled up the sideline past two Gunner defenders to score her second goal of the day with a beautiful shot to the far post.

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