RALEIGH — On the day before Wake County schools’ spring break began, girls varsity lacrosse teams from Athens Drive and Holly Springs had to play their game in a spring shower.
Athens Drive sophomore Erin Kenedy had four goals and two assists and junior captain Madeline Bromley added another three goals as the Jaguars defeated Holly Springs 15-1 in Conference 2 play.
Bromley put Athens Drive up 2-0 less than four minutes in as she first scored off a free position shot then scored moving from the left side of the field to the middle.
Kenedy scored the first of her four goals three minutes later off a pass by Lauren Koesy.
“Erin (Kenedy) was a defender last year, and we’re playing her a little more at midfield this year,” said Athens Drive head coach Jennifer Brunsting . “She was really feeling it tonight; she was really great in transition and had some good looks.”
The Jaguars’ Sydney Rupple scored off a bounce shot with two minutes left till half, giving Athens Drive a 5-0 lead where it stood at halftime.
After Kenedy scored her third goal of the contest for Athens Drive, Alexa Beltrani scored from close range.
Despite what it said on the scoreboard, the Golden Hawks came out after the halftime break playing with more intensity.
That was shown as Madison Johnson and Lyndsay Ellis both had great chances to score from in close shortly after the start of the second half.
“They played their heart out,” said Holly Springs head coach Bridget Walker. “We have a whole week off coming up, so they can play every second, every minute and play stronger than we have.”
Holly Springs broke up the shutout as Merritt Rowe made a great turn-around shot from about 10 feet. getting it past Athens Drive goalie Sarah Sedaghat.
Sedaghat, who has committed to Guilford College, made several big saves for the Jaguars from in close to keep the Golden Hawks at bay. She finished with seven saves on the night.
Kayla Young scored the first of her two goals for Athens Drive with roughly 10 minutes left in the contest as she put a shot past Holly Springs goalie Rebecca Berg off an assist from Kenedy.
Abbey Clark also scored two goals for the Jags.