The undefeated Green Hope girls soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll.
Cameron Castleberry, a forward for Ravenscroft's girls soccer team, announced her commitment earlier today to play at North Carolina.
Castleberry, who will be a junior this year, led Ravenscroft to the TISAC conference title. The Ravens also reached the NCISAA 3-A State championship before falling to Charlotte Latin. Castleberry led the team in scoring with 25 goals and 10 assists – including a goal in the state championship match – to receive selections to the All-Conference, All-Region and All-State teams. She was also named the 3-A Private School Player of the Year.
“Until now I have only dreamed about having the opportunity to play college soccer at an incredible school like Carolina,” Castleberry said in a statement. “I have always wanted to attend UNC, and I am thrilled to have the chance to play soccer at a school that has such great tradition and history.”
Castleberry participated in the U17 Women’s National Team training camp in Carson, Calif. earlier this summer, a program that helps identify future players for the U.S. Women’s National Team.
Castleberry will join Ravenscroft teammate Caroline Lindquist, who has also committed to North Carolina.
“I think that the UNC program will be a perfect place for her,” said coach J.J. Raabe said of Castleberry. “Cameron is a dynamic player with and without the ball and she will continue to grow as a player and teammate. She has been and will continue to be an impact player for Ravenscroft and I am selfishly excited because I will be able to continue to watch her make an impact close to home once she graduates.”
CARY -- This season was always about pushing forward for Leesville Road’s girls soccer team. The Pride did it again and again. The season-ending injuries to Kelsey Reeves and Kelsey Weiss. Coach Paul Dinkenor playing inexperienced freshman Zaria Maynard in goal. Even the tough, demanding victories in overtime of these playoffs.
The Pride just kept pushing.
By playing with poise and structure in the midfield, the Pride pushed past previously unbeate Charlotte Ardrey Kell – for the third time in four years – to take a 3-0 victory for the NCHSAA 4-A state title.
Broughton High boys and girls soccer coach Izzy Hernandez has been named as one of eight high school coaches in North Carolina who makes a difference.
Hernandez will be one of eight high school coaches presented the annual Homer Thompson Memorial Award by the NCHSAA at its annual meeting on May 5.
RALEIGH There was no denying Anna Dulaney’s impact on Sanderson’s 2-0 win over Millbrook on Wednesday night. It was written all over her walk.
After struggling to score goals the last two weeks, Sanderson (4-3-1, 4-3-0 Cap Eight 4-A) needed more out of its offense against Millbrook (4-4-0, 3-3-0). It needed to more opportunities. It needed someone to scrap. That’s what Dulaney did.
She put herself in the middle of the action against Millbrook, forcing the defense to match her intensity. Sometimes it resulted in offense for herself – taking a Savannah Parrish pass and putting it in the upper-left corner in the 54th minute – and other times it set up her teammates as she drew a foul in the penalty box Olivia Costello’s penalty kick in the 70th minute.
RALEIGH -- In the third minute of overtime, Leesville Road forward Kelsey Weiss put in an easy rebound past Broughton goalkeeper Caroline Duncan for the match-winning goal in a 2-1 victory.
The initial shot came from Caroline Gentry, who attracted two Broughton defenders her way. That created enough space for Weiss, who was in front of the net, to score uncontested.
“[Weiss] was in the right place at the right time,” coach Paul Dinkenor said. “Caroline did a lot of approach work [for the goal], and Weiss got the rebound and knocked it in.”
Officially, Holly Potts finished Sanderson’s 4-1 win over Enloe on Monday night with no goals and no assists. Spartans coach Todd Worley knows that stats don’t mean everything.
With Sanderson leading 2-1 early in the second half, Potts took a free kick from 25 yards and sent a bullet into the high-right corner. But Enloe goalkeeper Hunter Kenny dove for the shot, knocking it down to Sanderson midfielder Ryan Davis who tapped in the rebound for the goal.
Davis was credited for the score – her first of two goals on the night – but Worley knows the Spartans don’t get on the scoreboard without Potts’ perfectly placed ball.
“We’ve been struggling on set pieces. So I just told her to rip it and she did,” Worley said. “It was a nice little angle and we had someone to follow it up with Ryan.”
PAIRINGS SET FOR NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION STATE WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY AT N.C. STATE
Knightdale, the Greater Neuse 4-A regular-season winner, advanced
through the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association
4-A girls soccer tournament with a 10-2 victory over Lumberton.
Top-seed Charlotte Latin cruised into the N.C. Independent Schools
Athletic Association 3-A girls soccer finals on Friday with a 5-0
victory over Raleigh's Saint Mary's School.