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Off to a great start: Lady Bruins stop Lady Panthers 4-2 for second EPC win

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With the 2-A Eastern Plains Conference championship on their mind, Beddingfield High varsity girls soccer players scored two goals in the first 10 minutes to take control of Tuesday’s home conference match against North Johnston.

The Lady Bruins held on to win 4-2 and, with their fifth win against one loss and two draws, matched their win total from 2018. Beddingfield head coach Daniel Maravi said he expected this from his team because the goal is to win the EPC championship.

“Conference has started — we’re on,” Maravi said. “We need to win every game, we don’t want to be in the same position we were last year. We don’t want to be in the same spot, so if we can score as many goals as we can and win every game, it will put us on top.”

The Lady Bruins got a goal each from Marisol Sanchez, Lynsey Reason and Jenna Batchelor in the first half.

The Lady Panthers, who were playing their conference opener in falling to 1-6 overall, scrambled to cut the margin to 3-2 on goals by Kimberly Villagran and Maira Teruel before halftime. But in the second half, Batchelor would score again in the 45th minute and North Johnston head coach Winston Pennington said that goal changed the game.

“They battle, but every game to this point we have just made critical mistakes in the first few minutes and get ourself in that situation,” Pennington said. “When you’re chasing the game, that’s not where you want to be. I am certainly proud of them for fighting back, we had a great opportunity to even it up at 3-3 and then it would’ve been a completely different game.”

Beddingfield will turn its attention to Nash Central (1-4), the reigning EPC champion, on Thursday at home. North Johnston will host North Pitt (1-4) at 6 p.m. on Thursday.