James' goal lifts C. Milton Wright

November 05, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Miranda James, whose move back to sweeper in midseason was an important part of C. Milton Wright's success this season, returned to her old scoring ways on one run-through last night and the ensuing goal was enough to give the Mustangs a 1-0 victory over visiting Bel Air in a Class 3A-4A regional final.

James, a junior with outstanding speed, has the green light if she sees a chance, and the run turned into a give-and-go with wing Erin Lesh. The goal came 24 minutes into the second half on a shot from 15 yards out on the left side.

For the second time this year, Bel Air (7-6-1) played its neighborhood rival on even terms, and for the second time came away with nothing to show for it. In the regular-season, the Bobcats played their best game of the season only to lose in sudden-death, 2-1.

Last night, Wright had a 16-9 edge in shots, with Bel Air goalkeeper Jackie Hinson making nine saves. Mustangs' goalkeeper Erin Updegrove made six saves.

"They seem to play us tough, at least this year," C. Milton Wright coach Ken Dawson said of Bel Air. "We had some chances but couldn't finish them."

Of James, he said, "She has the option to go when there is an opportunity. She selects her shots and she hasn't overdone it."

James, working from in back, raced up an open lane, touched the ball to Lesh and got it right back.

"There was some pressure, but nobody was really on me, so I kept going," she said of getting into position for the shot.

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