The West girls marched their way into a possible gold medal Saturday morning with a 1-0 win against the East at the Junior/Senior High School Soccer Showcase at the Powerade State Games in Charlotte.
The West girls (2-0, 6 points) got a goal from Zoe Lewis of Asheville-Reynolds at the 50-minute mark of the second half to snap a scorless tie. Rockets' teammate Megan McAllister picked up the assist.
The West will close things out Sunday morning against the South at 9 a.m., at the Queens Sports Complex at Marion Diehl Park. A win or a tie would give the West a gold medal.....
"But if we lay an egg and lose, we still have a good shot at winning the gold because of goal differential," said West coach Jason Dragoon of East Lincoln.
The West has scored five goals in its first two games. Lewis has two of those goals. The South (1-1, 3 points) defeated the North 2-0 on Saturday afternoon.
Sydney Hall of Bandys went all the way in goal and picked up the shutout. The West has not allowed a goal in its first two games. Heather Ostwalt of Watauga, who shared the shutout Friday in a 4-0 win against the North, did not play on Saturday. But according to Dragoon, "she will get the start on Sunday."
"It was basically a midfield game," Dragoon said. "But I felt we really did a great job controlling the play for the most part, especially in the first half. They came on a bit in the second half after we scored, but our defense was superb."
Abby Carson and Kathryn Stevens of WHS were standouts on defense Saturday. Carson split time at center back and left back; Stevens played all but 20 minutes of the match at center back.
"Those girls were outstanding," Dragoon said. "They really backboned us defensively this morning. They did a great job marking up on their people. But like all the Watauga players I've had in the past, these girls are very strong fundamentally."
Carson had a shot on goal from 45-yards out, but it didn't go in.
"And it had some zing on it," Dragoon said. "I'm sorry she didn't score. It was a beautiful shot."
Dragoon, now in his sixth season with the West, is looking for his third gold medal. He won the gold in 2008 and in 2010. He captured a bronze medal in 2011.
"Three out of six, so far, isn't too bad," Dragoon said. "We'll see what happens tomorrow. I just want the girls to enjoy this one before we go back at it (Sunday) morning."
Junior/Senior High School Soccer Showcase
Queens Sports Complex @ Marion Diehl Park
Saturday June 21st
Girls East West, West 1-0
Girls South North, South 2-0
Boys Midwest Northeast, Northeast 2-1
Boys Southeast Central, Central 6-2