Jerren Nixon’s goal on Will Wright’s pass put the Spartans’ sideline at ease in their game against North Cobb, preserving a 2-0 victory at Richard McDaniel Stadium.
Nixon took a pass from Wright and went one-on-one with North Cobb goalkeeper Muhamed Imneina before drilling the ball into the left side of the net.
Moving forward, Campbell (6-1, 3-1) is looking to finish more opportunities.
The Spartans had possession the majority of the game and totaled 19 shots to North Cobb’s five. Campbell also had eight corner kicks, with seven in the second half.
Imneina finished with four saves in the Warriors’ goal.
Nixon, who had five shots on the night, had an open look 6 minutes earlier but his shot curved left. Alejandros Hernandez also had a couple of breakaway opportunities in the second half that came up short, and another missed shot by Hernandez off Heriberto Savilla’s corner kick just cleared the crossbar.
North Cobb (2-3, 1-2) played a 4-5-1 alignment against Campbell, putting emphasis on defense. And the Warriors were solid in the back with Andres Jackson, Haracio Arias and William Horton making most of the stops.
“A lot of people are playing more defensive-oriented against us,” said Campbell coach Phil Sandifer, whose team recorded its fourth shutout in five games. “People know our style of play, and that is to out-possess people.”
Campbell’s first goal came with 3 minutes left in the first, when Monico Hernandez followed up a missed penalty kick that deflected off Imneina and tapped it into the goal.
While defense kept North Cobb in the game until the final 10 seconds, its offense struggled, with only five shots taken on Campbell’s Arturo Lopez.
The Warriors had just two shots in the first half, with Ben Markham missing one to the left and one high roughly 3 minutes apart. In the second half, Dante Gibbs came off the bench with two opportunities, with his second attempt off a cross just missing right.
“We planned on playing them tough and physical and had a couple of seniors up top,” North Cobb coach Glenn Pannell said. “We were unfortunate. We made adjustments at halftime, but it was about the same.”
Campbell 2, North Cobb 1 (PK): Courtlyn Cash scored the game-winning goal in penalty kicks for the Lady Spartans.
Campbell goalkeeper Maria Fernandez saved two penalty kicks, with North Cobb’s Selina Abbott saving one.
The game was even at 1-all after regulation, with both goals coming on free kicks.
Alma Saldana’s kick put Campbell (3-4, 2-2 Region 4AAAAAA) ahead 1-0 at the break, but North Cobb (3-3, 2-1) tied it with 19 minutes left when Molly Mead booted a kick through Campbell’s defense.