Manteo Beats First Flight with 2nd Half Surge

By on March 15, 2024

Junior Abbi Calvio (#1) of Manteo scored a 3 goal hat trick Wednesday, March 13 versus First Flight. (Photos by Mike Brisson/Left Field Photography)
Manteo forward Kenzie Flynn (#12) takes aim as First Flight goalkeeper Emerson Hoggard (#24) attempts the save. (Photos by Mike Brisson/Left Field Photography)
First Flight mid-fielder Summer Stevens (#11) and Manteo defender Anna Figueroa-Towery (#10) clash Wednesday. (Photos by Mike Brisson/Left Field Photography)
Jordan Cobb (#9) of Manteo changes direction against Claire Meads (#23) of First Flight on March 13. (Photos by Mike Brisson/Left Field Photography)
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Junior Abbi Calvio (#1) of Manteo scored a 3 goal hat trick Wednesday, March 13 versus First Flight. (Photos by Mike Brisson/Left Field Photography)
Manteo forward Kenzie Flynn (#12) takes aim as First Flight goalkeeper Emerson Hoggard (#24) attempts the save. (Photos by Mike Brisson/Left Field Photography)
First Flight mid-fielder Summer Stevens (#11) and Manteo defender Anna Figueroa-Towery (#10) clash Wednesday. (Photos by Mike Brisson/Left Field Photography)
Jordan Cobb (#9) of Manteo changes direction against Claire Meads (#23) of First Flight on March 13. (Photos by Mike Brisson/Left Field Photography)
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Mike Brisson, Left Field Photography | Outer Banks Voice

The reining State Champion Manteo Women’s Varsity Soccer team hosted First Flight on March 13 in what is always a highly anticipated cross-county rivalry match.  While the final score of 7-1 may have indicated otherwise, the two sides battled hard throughout.

‘In the first half, both teams came out swinging, creating a bit of a feverish pace,’ Manteo Coach Ralph Cleaver remarked.

Thirteen minutes into the contest, Abbi Calvio (#1) put Manteo on the board first, surprising everyone by spinning around and blasting a burner into the lower left corner of the First Flight net.

The Nighthawks settled down and evened the score at the 20-minute mark.  Summer Stevens (#11) put a shot on goal that was turned away by Manteo goalkeeper Lillie Twyne, but Isabella Thorn (#13) followed with a rebound boot into the back of the net.

With 18 minutes left in the half, Manteo took the lead again when forward Kenzie Flynn (#12) floated a cross deep into the First Flight goal area from the right side of the pitch.  Waiting there was teammate CC Lowe (#4), who delicately headed the ball off the crossbar into the net.  Manteo led the Nighthawks at the break 2-1.

‘We were probably a bit fortunate to be up at halftime,’ added Cleaver.  ‘We talked about our issues and looked to make corrections.  We needed to get into our short passing game, look for the diagonals and exploit the space out wide to work the ball into the final attacking-third.”

At the 33-minute mark in the 2nd half, Manteo striker Kiley Eckard (#2) made eye contact with Flynn and pointed to a spot downfield.  Flynn placed a perfect through-ball between defenders and Eckard finished with a hard toe bullet from 25 yards out.

Facing a two-goal deficit in such a competitive match can be difficult to overcome, and the Nighthawks appeared to lose a little steam.

In the time remaining, Calvio scored her 2nd and 3rd goals for a hat trick, Eckard netted her 2nd shot, and after assisting on two earlier, Flynn was able to get one of her own.  The Manteo Women’s Varsity Soccer team defeated First Flight Wednesday night by a final score of 7-1.

Coach Cleaver summarized, ‘The girls really locked-in for the second half and executed the things we discussed at halftime. It’s a blessing to have such determined and coachable players. The end scoreline is certainly not a reflection of the true competitiveness of that game. We know we will have another tough battle when we travel over the bridge next month.’


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