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Lady Bulldogs shut out Rosewood on the road

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GOLDSBORO — The Princeton High varsity girls soccer team picked up its fourth straight win and third straight shutout, winning 1-0 at archrival Rosewood on April 1.

“It’s a big win for us right now with the conference being so tight,” Princeton head soccer coach Thomas Pilkington said. “Rosewood is doing a great job with a young team; they really played well tonight and really stifled our attack that’s been working well all season. But it says a lot about our team digging down deep to maintain that early lead.”

The Lady Bulldogs went to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in 1-A Carolina Conference play after defeating the Lady Eagles (5-4-1, 4-2). Princeton senior Rachel Creech scored the lone goal after splitting a triple team in the 28th minute. The goal was Creech’s 10th of the season — second most on the team.

“That was a fantastic finish for her,” Pilkington said. “She’s been unlucky this season with lots of shots hitting the post, missing just wide so it makes me feel good for her to come in and get a goal in a big rivalry game.”

Princeton moved into a first-place tie with Neuse Charter. In the March 14 meeting, the Bulldogs fell 3-0 at home.

“We got a great chance to make something happen,” Pilkington said. “All you can do is put yourself in a position to make something happen and we’ve done that so far. Now it’s just can we keep that pace going on. We’ve been there in years past where we have a chance and now we hope to get over that line.”