Patrick Obley Staff writer @fo_pmo

It’s the playoffs. Every game gets more difficult.

So of course Terry Sanford’s girls soccer team scored just 89 seconds into its Class 3-A third-round match against West Carteret on Wednesday night.

Talia Parrous’ second-chance goal set the tone and Corrine Shovlain’s second-half breakaway strike bookended another huge defensive effort by the Bulldogs in a 2-0 victory.

“Talia gets the big goal early, Corrine, when they were really pressing forward, we went to a defensive posture and we played her a long ball and she just made it happen,” Terry Sanford coach Karl Molnar said. “But I was thinking to myself, we are in this game because of what our defense is doing.”

West Carteret (14-6-2) entered the matchup against the top-seed Bulldogs as the tournament’s No. 8 seed, but muscled up, matched Terry Sanford’s speed and kept heavy pressure on the defense.

As it has all season, the Bulldogs’ back line didn’t break.

It didin’t even bend.

“Our defense is what makes us the team that we are,” goalkeeper Lindsay Bell said. “As you see, I don’t touch the ball a lot.”

Playing with an early lead certainly didn’t hurt.

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