LEESVILLE ROAD ROLLS PAST ARDREY KELL
FOR NCHSAA STATE 4-A WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
CARY — Raleigh Leesville Road shut out Charlotte Ardrey Kell 3-0 on Friday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A women’s soccer championship game at WakeMed Soccer Park.
The game started late due to inclement weather and then the 2-A championship played prior to it going to penalty kicks, so along with a 45-minute lightning delay in the first half the game did not end until right at midnight.
Senior midfielder Rachel Hunter was named the Most Valuable Player of the championship. She scored the first goal for the Pride in the 20th minute, just prior to the lightning delay, and Leesville made that hold up for a 1-0 halftime advantage.
Caroline Gentry tallied in the 47th minute to put the Pride ahead 2-0, and then midfielder Kellie Baker put the game on ice just over five minutes later with a goal for the 3-0 final.
This year’s championship marked the third time in the last four years that these two have met for the 4-A title. Leesville Road beat Ardrey Kell in each previous meeting, taking a 3-0 decision in the 2008 championship and 1-0 in ’09. The Pride finished with a 24-1-1 mark while Kell suffered its first loss after 25 straight wins.
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 4-A WOMEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary
Raleigh Leesville Road 1 2— 3
Charlotte Ardrey Kell 0 0— 0
19:19LR— Rachel Hunter
46:08LR— Caroline Gentry
51:50 LR— Kellie Baker