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RALEIGH— Senior midfielder Lindsay Redfearn scored with 27 seconds remaining in the first sudden death overtime period as Swansboro edged East Bend Forbush in dramatic fashion 2-1 on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s women’s 2-A soccer championship at Paul Derr Stadium at N.C. State.
The teams battled to a 1-1 tie through 80 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime stanzas before heading into the first five-minute sudden-death period.
Junior midfielder Alana Soetaert, who assisted on both of the Lady Pirates’ goals, was named Most Valuable Player of the championship.
Sophomore midfielder Katelynd Caudle of Forbush opened the scoring in the 34th minute, tallying on a header to put the Falcons up 1-0. But Swansboro came back with just 7.1 seconds remaining before halftime, with junior midfielder Joy Oswalt’s goal on an assist from Soetaert knotting the count at 1-1.
Swansboro did have an apparent goal in the first half which was nullified by offsides.
Swansboro held a 20-7 advantage in shots on goal and Forbush did not have a shot during the extra time.
The Lady Pirates won their second state women’s soccer title, both in the last four years, and ended the season unbeaten in its final 22 games en route to a 23-1-3 mark. Forbush, in its second consecutive final, wound up 21-4-1. Forbush lost to Kill Devil Hills First Flight 2-1 in last year’s championship.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium serves as the primary host city partner for the women's soccer championship, along with the Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. Wendy’s is the presenting sponsor for the NCHSAA sports program.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2009 STATE 2-A WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Paul Derr Stadium, North Carolina State University
OT OT OT
Swansboro 1 0 0 0 1 -- 2
East Bend Forbush 1 0 0 0 0 -- 1
33:04 F—Katelynd Caudle.
39:53 S—Joy Oswalt (Alana Soetaert).
104:33 S—Lindsay Redfearn (Alana Soetaert).