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Western girls still in the hunt for state soccer championship

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By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

Western Alamance’s girls’ soccer team has made it halfway through what the Warriors hope will be a six-game postseason stretch.

Undefeated and top-seeded in the Class 3-A East Region, it’s not going to come easy.

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“(Being unbeaten) is something worth holding to,” senior defender Amelia Weaver said. “We have to raise our level.”

Western had enough with two early goals from freshman Callie Athas to defeat Cape Fear 2-0 on Monday night at Elon University’s Rudd Field.

The Warriors (21-0-2) had trouble converting for the game’s final 60 minutes, so that will be addressed going into Thursday night’s fourth-round meeting with fourth-seeded Wilson Hunt (18-4-1), which topped Dixon 3-2 in overtime.

“I want the girls to be happy and excited, but they know the standard is higher,” Western coach Camden Brooks said. “I’m not sure why we drop off once we get that lead.”

Freshman goalkeeper Camden Markey of the Warriors was busier than usual. She made 11 saves.

Part of the stress on Western came from Cape Fear senior Jayda Angel, who’s an Elon basketball recruit just a few months away from playing another sport on campus. Members of the university’s women’s basketball staff were on hand for the game.

“We hadn’t played anyone that fast,” Brooks said.

Angel maneuvered with the ball at brisk clips. Weaver and her teammates were up to the task.

“We had to try to read the bounces,” Weaver said. “This is a real quick field and she’s a quick girl. … It was a very aggressive game. In the end, we held them off.”

Cape Fear (20-5-1) suffered its only shutout loss of the season.

The Warriors benefited from holding a lead.

“We found the right ball at the right time,” Athas said. “I think it relaxed us a little too much. This is a little pressure on us (as the top seed).”

Athas has a team-leading 38 goals. Jocelyn Delphias and Trinity Robinson each provided an assist Monday.

Any remaining home games for Western will be on Elon’s field. On Monday, work crews removed the track at Western’s stadium as part of a renovation project that closed the field.

In last Thursday’s second round on Western’s campus, the Warriors topped Cedar Ridge 4-2 with goals from Delphias, Athas, Cana Kaffenberger, and Abigail Lush. Fleury Nicholson and Katie Paulakonis had goals for No. 16 seed Cedar Ridge (14-7-1), which lost to the Warriors for the third time this year.

 

Eastern’s reign ends

Defending Class 3-A state champion Eastern Alamance was eliminated by Jacksonville last Thursday in the second round.

The 4-0 result allowed second-seeded Jacksonville to avenge losses to the Eagles from the past two postseasons. The Cardinals scored two goals in each half.

No. 15 seed Eastern (11-7-1) was a shutout victim for just the second time this season. The other came with a 0-0 tie with Western Alamance.

  • In Class 1-A, 14th-seeded River Mill fell 4-0 at third-seeded Lejeune in last Thursday’s second round. The Jaguars ended the season with an 11-9 record.

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