Cambridge beat traditional rivals Claudelands Rovers 1-0 at Galloway Park to move into second place on the Waikato Women’s A League.
The women struggled in the first half and gave up the chance to take the lead when leading goalscorer Rachel Hill missed from the penalty spot.
At half-time, coach Andrew Taylor re-organised his side, pushing youngsters Sophie Rapson-Jones (16) and Maddy Burnett (15) wide.
The tactical switch paid off with both players having exceptional second spells.
Eventually, the winner came from Hill as she put away her 18th goal of the season to give Cambridge important points in the title race.
Coach Taylor said the midfield trio of Chrissy Goodin, Maria Cameron and Gemma Martin were outstanding and he gelled into an excellent combination.
Goalkeeper Jen Hull played a key part in keeping the team’s clean sheet.
The Hill Homes Player of the Day was awarded jointly to Gemma Martin and defender Carey Ireland.
The result sees Cambridge in second place, three points behind unbeaten West Hamilton United who won 4-0 at the weekend.
Scorers for the women so far this season:
Rachel Hill 18
Astrid Howarth 17
Maria Cameron 3
Gemma Martin 3
Caitlyn Varcoe 2
Maddy Burnett 1
Abby Cook 1
Sophie Rapson-Jones 1
Chloe Zuppicich 1
Own goal 1