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
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
Pride wins battle of soccer titans
-- 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. -
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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
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