BAILEY – Out of necessity, Northern Nash had to play possession-minded soccer that bogged down the midfield the past few years.
That’s not the case this season.
At long last, the Knights have some flair at the top of their formation.
Nash Central transfer Rebekah Beal and mainstay Alexus Hill stretched Southern Nash’s defense all game Tuesday and Beal scored four times in a 5-0 Northern Nash victory at Southern Nash High School.
“Rebekah and Alexus work really well off of each other,” Northern Nash coach Joe McCarthy said. “We’re a little bit stronger at every level from last year but definitely up top. You can see the biggest increase from years past.”
Northern Nash (8-5, 3-4 Big East Conference) all but locked up fourth place in the conference with the win. The Knights now own the tiebreaker against Southern Nash (3-8, 0-6) and have come within calling distance of third-place Rocky Mount High.
The Big East receives three automatic bids to the playoffs, but five teams made the cut in the most recent boys’ season.
The Knights started Tuesday with a second-minute goal from Beal, who also scored four minutes before halftime. The Ladybirds did not attempt a shot on goal.
“In the first half, I thought we had a lot of nice passing,” Southern Nash coach Kurt Bienias said. “Unfortunately right now, we have the skill to make two or three passes, but we need some work to get to five and six passes that really create.”
Southern Nash has one goal so far through six Big East games, though today’s opponent, Nash Central, still has yet to score in a league game.
Bria Lewis also scored for Northern Nash, which plays Nash Central on Thursday.
Northern Nash 5
Southern Nash 0
Goals: Rebekah Beal - 4 (2’, 36’, 49’, 73’), Bria Lewis (49’)
Shots (On Target): NN: 20 (9). SN: 1 (0).
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