STANHOPE -- Whitney Bunn has broken her share of opposing hearts during her four-year girls basketball career at Bunn High School.
Now a senior, Bunn has led the Ladycats to a trio of Elite Eight appearances in the Class 2-A State Playoffs, and she has earned a scholarship to Furman University.
But Bunn is also an accomplished soccer player, and she will leave BHS with a reputation as one of the top girls pitch performers the school has ever produced.
Southern Nash head coach John Matthews wouldn’t contest that assessment after Bunn potted the game-winner in the closing minutes to help BHS defeat the Ladybirds by a 1-0 margin in a non-league contest Monday at the SNHS Soccer Complex.
“We had trouble clearing the ball out of our zone, and it ended up being right back on Whitney’s foot,’’ Matthews said. “It seems like every time we play (BHS), Whitney gets the winning goal against us.’’
Despite the loss, which was SN’s first of the campaign, the Ladybirds are off to their best start in school history at 5-1 overall -- despite the fact that Matthews is fielding a young lineup loaded with underclassmen.
“We are doing pretty well right now, but we still have plenty of room for growth,’’ Matthews said. “We have to keep getting better. Right now, we are getting good leadership in our midfield and along the back.’’
Neither team created many scoring opportunities during Monday’s defensive-minded contest.
“I think we got a little frustrated with ourselves because we couldn’t get the ball through enough to have a chance on offense,’’ Matthews said. “Of course, that’s a credit to Bunn’s defense. We really didn’t get a lot of legitimate shots.’’
That wasn’t the case last Saturday as the Ladybirds made their annual appearance at The Brittany Girls Soccer Showcase, which was held at picturesque Gillette Park in Wilson.
Southern Nash took on Class 4-A Hope Mills South View from Cumberland County and came away with a 2-1 conquest.
SN sophomore midfield artist Laney Ezzell came through with a pair of clutch markers, including the match winner with just under three minutes remaining.
The Ladybirds will return to the field today for a rematch at Northern Vance -- a club Southern Nash defeated earlier in the campaign.
Southern Nash will then host SouthWest Edgecombe on Thursday before opening Big East Conference play next Monday evening with a toughie at perennial powerhouse Wilson Fike High School.
Pictured (Above): TIGHT DEFENSE FOR SN. Southern Nash’s Harley Crowder (right) defends Bunn standout Whitney Bunn during Monday afternoon’s girls soccer showdown on the SNHS campus in Stanhope. Whitney Bunn, a senior, scored the lone goal of the contest late in the second half, helping the Ladycats secure a 1-0 victory against their backyard rivals. (Graphic photos by Geoff Neville)