GREEN HOPE BLANKS CORNELIUS HOUGH 2-0TO EARN NCHSAA STATE 4-A WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
RALEIGH – Cary Green Hope capped a perfect season and blanked Cornelius W.A. Hough 2-0 on Saturday afternoon to win the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s soccer championship before a large crowd at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University.
Green Hope avenged a loss in last year’s final, as it was a rematch of last year’s state 4-A title match in which Sarah Moon scored two goals in the final 11 minutes to lift Hough to a 2-1 victory over Green Hope.
Senior forward Alexis Shaffer, who scored the initial goal of the game and had an excellent all-around performance, was named the championship Most Valuable Player.
Green Hope took a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute when Shaffer took the ball down the right side, wheeled back to the left and fired a left-footed shot into the back of the net for her 39th goal of the season. The Falcons had the better of play for most of the first half.
In the second half, as Hough pressed forward in the final minutes, Green Hope junior midfielder Kenley Sigmon found the ball in space, dribbled through a couple of defenders and then buried a shot for the 2-0 margin with 6:34 remaining.
Senior keeper Lisa Armstrong recorded the shutout in goal, with seven saves.
Green Hope completed a perfect 28-0 season and has not lost since its defeat in last year’s state championship game. Hough finished the year 21-3 overall and had a seven-match win streak snapped.
Hough was in the finals for the second straight year in just the third year of the school’s existence.
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.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
STATE 4-A WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
Dail Soccer Field, N.C. State University
Cary Green Hope 1 1— 2
Cornelius W.A. Hough 0 0— 0
33rd minute GH—Alexis Shaffer (Mo McDonnell)
74th minute GH—Kenley Sigmon