Lady Chiefs Blank Raiders
Mostly, they kept their eye on the action. But occasionally, Zentmeyer admitted, "we get gossipy."
It's understandable when you play defense for Carlisle.
As they do against many opponents, the Chiefs crushed North Cross 6-0 Thursday in the Blue Ridge Conference semifinal match at the Smith River Sports Complex.
It took a few minutes for Carlisle to get going against the winless Raiders (0-13). The Chiefs won 10-0 in the teams' previous matchup at the SRSC, but Carlisle was unable to find the net for the first 13 minutes Thursday, which included seven short corners.
But after Michelle Arroyo scored on the rebound of Robbi Jensen's shot out of yet another short corner, the Chiefs got going, putting in three goals in a span of 8 minutes.
"I thought we came out very flat. I wasn't quite sure where we were going," Carlisle coach Meade Seiy said. "It took a good five, six, seven minutes to get there, but once we got in a rhythm and we started pushing the ball down the field, things started to relax a bit."
The opening goal also got Jensen going. The junior dribbled circles around the Raiders throughout the match, often beating two defenders or more before looking for a shot.
She scored the Chiefs' second goal on another short corner, firing to the near post off a feed from Alanna Ferguson.
Jensen's flashiest goal was her second. Off a feed from Grace Ann Edgerton, Jensen cut the ball to her backhand side, then smacked a chopper that cut through a host of Raiders before hitting the boards on the backside.
"The reverse? Yeah, I like doing that," said Jensen with a giggle. "It's fun."
The junior completed a hat trick on a penalty stroke prior to halftime, easily firing past the outstretched foot of goalkeeper Meagan Mulhauser.
Jensen didn't score in every game this year for Carlisle, but come playoff time, "Coach tells me I need to take the ball down and get it in the cage," she said.
Defensively, Zentmeyer and company stood idle for the majority of the game. The Raiders didn't manage a shot until a desperation 40-yard blast that went well wide of Zentmeyer as the first half expired.
North Cross put up a better fight in the second half, holding the Chiefs scoreless into the 52nd minute and even earning two short corners, requiring Zentmeyer to make three saves.
"We did a lot better today than the last time we played them here," North Cross coach Emily Phillips said.
But the Chiefs came alive again in the final 10 minutes. Alanna Ferguson beat two defenders before feeding Emily Morgan for an easy finish in the 52nd minute; a few minutes later, Lori Yeaman took the ball herself on a 3-on-2 from midfield and finished low to the back post.
Still, Seiy would like to see improvement, particularly in the area of penalty corners. The Chiefs had 23 shots on goal, many of which came on their 16 short corners.
"We need to be scoring so much more on our corners," Seiy said. "That's something we'll just work on. We'll keep perfecting it."
The Chiefs will look for their fourth straight BRC championship Saturday, when they will host the VES/Chatham Hall winner at the SRSC. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.
Carlisle 6 North Cross 0
Scoring Summary First Half C - M. Arroyo, ast. R. Jensen. 13:07. C - R. Jensen, ast. A. Ferguson. 15:40. C - R. Jensen, ast. G. Ferguson. 20:56. C - R. Jensen, PS. 29:27. Second Half C - E. Morgan, ast. A. Ferguson. 51:32. C - L. Yeaman. 55:07.