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The Shallotte Shock U12 girls played an exhibition game on Friday against old rival Whiteville from the Cape Fear Soccer league and won 2-1.
Whiteville entered the game undefeated in the Cape Fear League, and the Shock is undefeated in the Pleasure Island Soccer League in Wilmington.
“The two teams have played each other in very close matches over the last three years and Whiteville coach Joey Shultz agreed to bring his talented team to Shallotte Park for the game under the lights on Friday night,” Shallotte coach Mark Giordano said.
“The Whiteville team plays very aggressive, high-quality soccer and match up very well with our team. We decided to make it a Halloween-themed night to motivate the girls and let them face paint themselves as they wanted.
“The game was well played by both teams and at the half it was a typical 0-0 game. Whiteville took the lead in the second half and held it until about 7 minutes left in the second half.”
Hayley “The Comet” Giordano kicked a corner kick that bent into the top corner of the goal untouched for the tying goal.
Less than a minute late, Mia “Sasha the Dog” Adcock stole a ball at midfield, dribbled past two defenders and kicked it into the corner of the goal for what was the winning score.
“With a lead, the Shock turn to its defense, which has not given up more than one goal in any game,” Giordano said.
“Leah ‘Stew Cat’ McDonald, Hope ‘Junkyard Dog’ Simmons, Amity ‘The Ghost’ Croft and Nicole ‘The Dalmatian’ Gibbs routinely turned away a potent Whiteville offense. “When they did get a shot on goal, we had Joi ‘Spiderwoman’ Sturdivant or Kayla ‘Mighty Mouse’ Crouch to protect our goal.
“The Shock possessed the ball well throughout the game, using Kira ‘The Tiger’ Frawley, Greer ‘The Puppy’ Josselyn, Hannah ‘Gator Chomp’ Hewett and Ashley ‘Hopper’ Oakes.
“All of the girls played so hard from both team. I was really proud of them and we had a great night.”