It was a thrilling opening win of the season for the Cedar Ridge women’s soccer team. On Wednesday afternoon at Red Wolves Stadium, Cedar Ridge held on to defeat Northern Durham 7-6. Senior Emerson Talley scored five goals for the Red Wolves. The last time Cedar Ridge won a game, it was 2019, when the Red Wolves defeated Bartlett Yankees 9-0. On that night, Talley scored seven goals. Northern pulled within one goal with 1:06 remaining, but Cedar Ridge senior Nicole Anderson made two important clearances down the field to run out the clock and ensure the first Red Wolves win of the season. Anderson has played soccer since her elementary school years. When she was a freshman, Cedar Ridge defeated West Carteret 3-0 in the opening round of the 3A State Playoffs. Cedar Ridge nearly advanced to the second round, but a last minute goal by D.H. Conley eliminated the Red Wolves. While this Cedar Ridge team is younger, Anderson and Talley hope to lead the Red Wolves to a solid second half of the season. The Red Wolves travel to East Chapel Hill on Monday.

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