RALEIGH -- Four North Carolina High School Athletic Association
state soccer championships will be decided this weekend in the 24th
NCHSAA finals at Paul Derr Stadium on the campus of North Carolina
Four games will played on Saturday, starting with the 3-A title match
at 10 a.m., followed in order by 1-A, 2-A and 4-A finals. This will be
third year for a separate 1-A championship since the number of
playing the sport increased to the threshold for having a separate
All four of the games will be televised by Time Warner Cable and
available on Carolina on Demand, digital channel 1234 on Time Warner
across the state, within a couple of days after the championships.
Saturday's action will start with the 10 a.m. game for the 3-A title
between three-time defending champion Jacksonville White Oak (21-0)
Kings Mountain (24-1).
Led by five goals by Stephanie Rose, White Oak rolled past Western
Guilford 8-0 in the East Regional in its ninth consecutive appearance in
regional final. The Lady Vikings, who have outscored their opposition
in the playoffs, are 4-1 in previous state championship appearances.
Kings Mountain is in its 11th all-time postseason trip but will make
its first visit to the championship match. Junior striker Ramey Kerns
the team with 29 goals and has 12 assists while Meagan Reynolds has
25 goals and a team-high 28 assists.
The 1-A championship is set for 1 p.m., as Raleigh Charter will take
Polk County. Both have made previous appearances in the finals
Polk is back for the second consecutive year after losing to Dixon in
year's championship while Raleigh Charter won the №07 title over
Raleigh Charter advanced to the state finals with a dramatic overtime
victory over Hampstead Topsail in the East Regional final. Kaitlin
with 19 goals paces Polk while goalkeeper Jazmine Bridgeman has
nine shutouts and has a 1.08 goals-against average for the Lady
The third game Saturday is set for a 4 p.m. kickoff for the 2-A
championship, sending Swansboro (22-1-3) against East Bend Forbush
Swansboro, which got past Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons 1-0 on Wednesday night
the East Regional final, makes its third trip to the finals and last won
in 2006. Forbush is in the final for the second consecutive year,
as runners-up last year to Kill Devil Hills First Flight.
Forbush is led by team captains Jessica Baity, Krystle Matthews and
Leticia Patino. Baity has knocked in 38 goals this season.
The final game of the quadruple header is the one that doesn№t yet
have the matchup finalized. Defending state champion Raleigh Leesville
(22-0-3) has already qualified for the 4-A championship match and will
either Charlotte Ardrey Kell (20-0-1) or Matthews David Butler
pending the outcome of their Thursday night regional final, which was
postponed by inclement weather Wednesday.
Leesville beat Ardrey Kell 3-0 in the 2008 final and features a young
team which starts only two seniors. The Pride has not allowed a goal in
last seven games, including the five playoff contests.
PAUL DERR STADIUM, N.C. STATE UNIVERSITY
SATURDAY, MAY 30, 2009
Class AAA: Jacksonville White Oak (21-0) vs. Kings Mountain (24-1), 10
Class A: Raleigh Charter (15-6-1) vs. Polk County (19-6), 1 pm
Class AA: Swansboro (22-1-3) vs. East Bend Forbush (21-3-1), 4 pm
Class AAAA: Raleigh Leesville Road (22-0-3) vs. Charlotte Ardrey Kell
(20-0-1) or Matthews David Butler (15-4-2), 7 pm
Event: NCHSAA Women's Soccer Championships
Date: Saturday, May 30, 2009
Site: Paul Derr Stadium, N.C. State University
Game Times: 7: 10 am, 1 pm, 4 pm and 7 pm on Saturday
Admission: $8 at gate