Hurricane was quick to answer. Barber was back at it, this time mostly alone, as she collected the ball approximately 40 yards from the goal and made her move. After dribbling through several Irish defenders and sneaking around goalkeeper Annie Crockett, Barber calmly put the ball into the net to level the scoring.
"They played better in the last 10 minutes," Hurricane Coach Shellie Young said. "It's when they calm down and they play possession instead of kicking and chasing."
Catholic controlled most of the possession appeared to win more than its share of 50-50 balls but seemed to relax to a degree each time it took a lead on the Redskins.
"We do relax a little bit," Amy Mullen said. "I say we played 80 minutes but those 2 minutes is when we break down. As soon as we scored they came back and scored again."
Each team has faced its own forms of adversity during the last week, but both coaches said playing these types of games against quality opponents is what gets a team ready for the playoff push that is rapidly approaching.
"It's good to have good competition at the end of the year," Young said. "We play in a tough section. There's not a walk-over team in that section so it gives us a chance to get ready for that."
Hurricane closes its regular season schedule Thursday at home against Riverside while Charleston Catholic plays at Huntington (also on Thursday) before postseason sectional play begins next week.
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