CARY — Great finishers often make the difference in sports, and the Fuquay-Varina girls soccer team certainly has one in sophomore midfielder Megan Greene.
Greene scored four goals, which was more than enough in the Bengals’ 6-2 win over Cary Thursday afternoon in a Southwest Wake Athletic Conference game.
She first scored nine minutes in, dribbling the ball past a defender then calmly depositing a shot into the netting for a 1-0 lead.
Greene struck again just more than nine minutes later, this time scoring off a feed from sophomore midfielder Kelly Suggs to make it 2-0. She added two more after intermission, including one off a perfect pass from junior midfielder Rebekah Furr as Fuquay-Varina (9-5, 8-4) pulled away for a relatively easy road win.
The humble Greene deflected praise about as well as she lit up the scoreboard.
“I’ve worked really hard lately and I don’t over-think things,” Greene said. “But it’s easy to be successful when you’re around very good players like I am.”
Bengals coach Jeff Nelson appreciated his team’s high-tempo offense, which constantly puts pressure on opposing defenses.
“We moved the ball pretty well today, and when that happens it makes Megan tough to stop,” Nelson said. “She has speed and she’s a pretty dynamic player.”
Cary’s scoring opportunities weren’t nearly as frequent, but Kyra Kandel did net her ninth and 10th goals of the season to keep things interesting for the Imps (4-11-1, 2-8-1).
Cary coach Laura Kerrigan was pleased with her team’s fight, as Kandel’s first goal cut the Bengals’ lead to 3-1 late in the first half. Her second tally came with just two seconds left in the contest.
“This team has overcome so many obstacles, especially numerous injuries, just to compete,” Kerrigan said. “I’m just so impressed with their attitude and that they keep their sense of humor about them too.”