APEX — Green Hope coach Michael Hoy doesn’t want a weeklong break after his team’s 4-1 victory over Apex on Wednesday night at Cougar Stadium, but with all the crazy weather this year, his Falcons should be used to it.
Apex coach Kevin Todd, however, welcomes the annual rite of spring break, as his Cougars are struggling after losing their fourth in a row.
Green Hope, the defending 4A state champion, won for the first time in five games after getting goals from senior Kenley Sigmon, juniors Addie Galloway and Kaylin Lang and freshman Audrey Cooke.
The Falcons (4-3-2, 2-1-1) bounced back from a loss to Holly Springs on Monday in a game Hoy said was one of Green Hope’s best.
“This was a super important one for us,” Hoy said. “Tough one on Monday, one we really felt like we deserved to win and we needed to win. Really good recovery on our part.”
Since beating Cary on March 10, the Falcons have tied twice and lost twice, though Cooke said Green Hope is a much better team now.
“I’d say we’re definitely picking up our level of play,” Cooke said. “From the beginning of the year to now, it’s an insane amount of improvement. It’s good.”
Hoy agreed, and he admitted that he worried at the start of the season about what spring break would do to his team’s rhythm. With weather canceling school – and therefore practice – several times this year, his team will be used to the long break.
“Spring break’s not going to be that much different,” Hoy said. “Now, we are starting to hit a little bit of a stride, and we’re really happy where we are. Do we want to take a week off? No. But I am a little more confident that we’ll be able to come back in perfectly fine and pick up where we left off.”
There are no full-squad practices scheduled for either team, but Hoy and Todd both have individual workouts they expect their players to complete. Many Green Hope players, too, don’t have vacations planned.
“We’re going to get together a couple times for a kick-around,” Cooke said. “And we’re going to have some parties and stuff just to bond.”
Cooke helped put Apex away with a goal on a run from the right wing with just over 22 minutes remaining. The Cougars (1-4-2, 1-4) had pulled to within 2-1 on Danielle Fiorito’s goal 10 minutes earlier and had two chances to tie the game, but a header and shot by Angie Reckendorf didn’t get to the net.
Apex’s offense came in flurries at the start of both halves, as scoring has been an issue for the Cougars this year.
“It’s a matter of being consistent, and for whatever reason, our consistency has been one of the challenges we’ve faced,” Todd said. “It’ll all come together in time, with more practice time and more game experience, but we’re looking forward to the post-spring break time to really get more focused in.”
As the weather improves, Todd hopes consistent practice time will also help his team improve.
“It’s a long season, and we aren’t even midway through the conference season yet,” Todd said. “We’re looking forward to getting back to being the team we like to be.”