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RALEIGH -- Senior midfielder Alana Soetaert scored a goal and had an assist to lead Swansboro to a 2-1 victory over East Bend Forbush on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women's soccer championship game at the Curtis and Jackie Dail Soccer Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University.
Soetaert was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship as the Lady Pirates won their second straight state title over Forbush and their third state crown overall in the last five years.
Swansboro started quickly in each half, scoring on the first shot attempted in each period. The Lady Pirates got on the board in the game's second minute on Soetaert's tally, then in the 43rd minute the Pirates made it 2-0 with Soetaert assisting Breanna Briggs on the goal.
Forbush cut it to 2-1 at the 67-minute mark on a goal by senior forward Leticia Patino off an assist from Jessica Baity, but the Falcons could get no closer.
Forbush actually outshot Swansboro 11-9 on the day.
The Lady Pirate victory spoiled the Forbush bid for a perfect season. Swansboro finished 22-4-1 overall while Forbush, in its third straight final but still looking for that elusive state crown, wound up 26-1.
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
STATE 2-A WOMEN'S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Soccer Stadium. N.C. State University
East Bend Forbush 0 1 -- 1
Swansboro 1 1 -- 2
2nd minute S-- Alana Soetaert
43rd minute S-- Breanna Briggs (Soetaert)
67th minute F-- Leticia Patino (Jessica Baity)