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Pride plays its game

RALEIGH -- Kelsey Weiss and Caroline Gentry each had a goal and an assist to propel Leesville Road to a 3-0 girls soccer victory over Cap Seven conference foe Wakefield on Monday night.

Originally a home game for Wakefield, it was switched to Leesville Road because of poor field conditions caused by the recent wet weather. However, neither coach considered the switch a factor in the outcome as Leesville effectively worked the ball in the Wakefield end for a majority of the game.

"They're a very good team, and we're content to let a team like Leesville knock it around," Wakefield coach Scott Sloan said. "What we wanted to make sure is that they didn't penetrate the 18 [penalty area]. They're a great team, and we have to let them play that style and look for the seams to counter through." more


Gatorade Player of the Year

Gatorade names N.C. girls' soccer player of the year

Durham Academy's Mollie Pathman was named the Gatorade N.C. Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The award is based on performance, academics and character.

Pathman, a junior forward/midfielder, had 26 goals and seven assists heading into an NCISAA playoff Tuesday.

She is a three-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America Youth All-American and a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team pool. Pathman has 96 goals and 42 assists in her career.

Pathman has a 3.98 grade-point average. She has volunteered as an area youth soccer coach, at a summer camp for underprivileged children and as an academic tutor for local Spanish-speaking children.

Pathman has committed to play at Duke.


Pat Girls Start Soccer Playoffs Tuesday at Home

The Pinecrest girls are scheduled to entertain Garner in a first-round state 4-A playoff soccer match at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
The Patriots (16-4) are the champions of the Mid-Southeastern Conference. Garner (6-11) is the fifth seed from the Greater Neuse River Conference. The two schools have never met in a girls' soccer match and did not have any common opponents this season.

Pinecrest rolled through league play with a 14-0 record. First-year coach Todd Abbey's squad out-scored all opponents 121-14 and recorded a dozen shutouts. The leading goal scorers were Lauren Corrigan (21), Bailey Pages (18), Lyndsey Anderson (16), Kate Hieronymus (13) and Antonia Meyers (11). Pages (12), Anderson (9), Hieronymus (8), Meyers (eight) and Rachel Dokich (seven) are the assist leaders.

Garner scored 31 goals and allowed 34 this season. The champion of the Greater Neuse River Conference was Holly Springs. A win by Pinecrest will put it in a second-round match at home against either J.H. Rose or South View on Friday or Saturday.


Pinecrest downs Britt 3 to 0

SOUTHERN PINES — For the first 23 minutes, Jack Britt stood toe to toe with Pinecrest in a Mid-Southeastern 4A girls’ soccer clash.

But as has often been the case in recent seasons, the Lady Patriots eventually delivered the knockout blow with a 3-0 win.

The victory all but assures Pinecrest (13-3, 11-0) of a conference title.

“I think our goal the whole season has been what we can add to last year,” Pinecrest coach Todd Abbey said. “With a new team and a new face of the team, they wanted to prove that they didn’t need the key players that they had last year. They play more as a team now, and they’re ecstatic about that.” more


Pride wins battle of soccer titans

        RALEIGH -- Score early, fight hard and hang on.

That may not have been the script, but that was was how the game played out for the No. 1-ranked Leesville Road High girls soccer team.

In a matchup of undefeated powers, the Pride edged East Chapel Hill 1-0 in a spirited nonconference game.

Leesville's Claudel Pilon, left, battles Farrell Sweeney for the ball. - PHOTO BY RAY BLACK III FOR THE NEWS & OBSERVER
Related ContentPhoto gallery: Leesville Road 1, East Chapel Hill 0

The Pride took an early lead barely four minutes into the game on an 8-yard shot by Nitang Jones past Wildcats keeper Jackie O'Connor.

Leesville Road dominated much of the first half, outshooting the Wildcats 7-1.

In addition to Jones, Melissa Moran and Carolina Gentry fired shots on the Wildcats' goal. East Chapel Hill captain Molly Hrudka, a senior midfielder, recorded the Wildcats' lone shot on goal.

"We've played together for a while," Leesville's Emily Burchette said. "[The Wildcats] definitely gave us some challenges. It was definitely physical."


Danford named North Carolina’s Gatorade Player of the Year

CHICAGO, IL – UNC Greensboro women’s soccer recruit, Nicole Danford has been named the 2008 Gatorade North Carolina Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The midfielder from Green Hope, NC received the award after leading the Green Hope Falcons to a 16-3-1 record with 16 goals and seven assists.

Danford, a midfield/defender, has played 12 years for the North Carolina Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) under the direction of Jay Howell. For the past six years, she has been a member of the North Carolina State Olympic Development (ODP) Team. Last year, her ODP team won the Region III Premier championship and the NC State Cup title, making them the first women’s team in North Carolina to take both titles in the same year. In 2006, she was selected to the Region III ODP player pool and in 2005, she was a member of the Super Y National team. more


























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