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SSS soccer injuries take effect in loss to West Johnston

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BENSON — The Smithfield-Selma High varsity girls soccer team lost its fourth straight game, falling 4-0 at 3-A Greater Neuse River Conference foe West Johnston on Wednesday.

The Lady Spartans have fallen to 5-5-1 overall and 1-2 in conference play. SSS head coach Kate McGrath said she had multiple players get hurt in the team’s 4-3 win against South Johnston on March 18, which led to the losing streak.

“It’s really difficult right now because five of my starters are out,” McGrath said. “Vanessa Sanchez has not played in three or four games now and we are having a really hard time creating offense without her. I just got my starting sweeper back and everyone is playing at different positions.”

The Lady Spartans have not scored a goal since the win against South Johnston. Sanchez has scored 14 of 27 goals this season and assisted on eight others. McGrath hopes to get her team back healthy and make a state playoff run.

“We have players who are stepping up and doing what they need to do, it’s just been tough to put the ball away the last couple games,” McGrath said. “I feel like we’ve had a really good season until the injuries hit and now it’s just battling through and keeping their minds positive.”

SSS was able to hold the Lady Wildcats (3-5-1, 1-3 GNRC) scoreless for the first 25 minutes until West Johnston’s Taylor Campbell scored. The Lady Wildcats would score two more before halftime. Campbell finished with two goals while Lilly Guidi scored and assisted on a goal. Taylor Evans also dropped in a goal.