Jul 23, 2014
The West All-Star team took advantage of a few costly East miscues to come away with a lopsided 4-1 win in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star women’s soccer game Tuesday night at UNC-Greensboro Soccer Stadium.
After playing more than 20 scoreless minutes in the first half, the West scored the first of their four goals when Jenna Sharrits (West Henderson) had her point-blank shot deflected by Regan Collins (Fike). The ball then bounced off Collins’ leg and into the goal. The East's own goal gave the West its lead with 15:29 left in the first half.
“I went to stick my foot out to keep the ball out when my keeper said she had it,” said Collins, who will play soccer at Louisburg College next season. “I took my foot away too late and it still hit me. It’s kind of upsetting, but I had to shake it off and keep playing.”
The West scored its second goal after nearly 20 more scoreless minutes in the second half when Lindsey Tully of Charlotte Catholic put a goal past East goalkeeper E.J. Proctor (Fike) after an assist from Justine Lockman (Lake Norman).
The East’s first and only goal came with just less than 14 minutes remaining in the game when Caroline Houser of Carrboro headed the ball into the net from a crossing assist from Megan Dell of Chapel Hill.
“I saw that Megan [Dell] was about to cross it, and I knew if I headed it in it would go in,” said Houser, who is headed to UNC-Asheville next season with her twin sister and former Carrboro teammate Emma.
It took less than 20 seconds for the West to respond with another goal. Sprinting down the field as soon as the ball was back in play, Erin Settle (Mooresville) found Meredith Dunker (Southeast Guilford) for an uncontested goal to make it a 3-1 game.
With less than seven minutes left, Settle added insult to injury and scored one last goal, sealing the 4-1 victory for the West. Settle was awarded Most Valuable Player at the end of the game. She is an Appalachian State recruit.
“[The West] responded, and that’s what really good players do,” said East head coach Glenn Griffin of Beddingfield. “They come back whenever they’re challenged and they answer. That’s what you expect an all-star to do.”
The West victory put an end to three consecutive years of draws in the all-star women’s soccer game. The West now leads the all-time series over the East, 10-6-7.
Several second-half East scoring opportunities came up just short. Madison Britt (Lumberton) came close on a feed from the corner but West goalkeeper Quay Mills (Freedom) made a diving save to protect the net. Mills finished the game with six saves.
Millbrook’s Colleen Markey also posed a viable scoring threat at the 15-minute mark of the second half, but her hard shot sailed a few feet over the crossbar.
The West outshot the East 20-13 over the course of the game. Proctor, a Duke recruit, finished the match with five saves.
“We tried to make it as fun for them as possible,” said Griffin. “It didn’t work out score-wise the way we wanted, but I hope they had fun and I think they played good soccer out there—probably better than the score indicated.”
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