Zoe Lewis and Megan McAllister of Asheville-Reynolds are quite a dynamic duo. Just ask West coach Jason Dragoon. Lewis and McAllister each had a goal as the West defeated the South 4-2 Sunday morning to win the gold medal at the Junior/Senior High School Soccer Showcase at the North Carolina Powerade State Games in
The West put the game out of reach by scoring three goals in the first eight minutes of the game. McAllister scored first on an assist by Lewis and the West (3-0, 9 points) dominated from there. Samantha Holmes of West Henderson scored the next two goals, one on a penalty kick, and the route was on. Lewis scored just before halftime giving the West a commanding 4-0 lead at the intermission.
"We just dominated the game from the start," said Dragoon, who won his fourth medal, including his third gold in six years. "But we let up a little bit in the second half. But the girls simply dominated. It wa an unselfish group, and they were a heck of a lot of fun to coach. They were a fun group."
Dragoon led the West to gold medals in 2008, 2010 and 2014; he won a bronze medal in 2011. Goalkeeper Heather Ostwalt of Watauga picked up the win. She went all the way in goal and gave up just two goals in 100 minute of tournament play. She made two saves on Sunday.
Abby Carson and Kathryn Stevens of Watauga were also members of the West's gold-medal winning team.
"We had a great group of girls, and our coaching staff was outstanding," Dragoon said. "Counting me, there were five head coaches on our staff (Craig Long from West Henderson, Justin Valenti of Lake Norman Charter, David Bassinger of South Iredell and David Steeves of Shelby). There's two state championships and a state runner up in that group. I've learned a lot working with those guys. There's no egos involved. We worked real well together. We each had a responsibility. And the girls were rewarded in the long run."
But McAllister and Lewis stole the show. They combined for five goals and six assists (McAllister had two goals and three assists; Lewis had three goals and three assists). The West outscored its opponents, 9-2.
"And if you look at our roster, most of our girls came from the mountains," Dragoon said. "Megan and Zoe were great players, no question about it. But we also got great contributions from everyone on this team. What a joy to coach a team like this. We came together on Monday, scrimmaged on Tuesday and on Saturday (after beating the East, 1-0), the girls hugged each other and congratulated each other. That's how close knit this group was.
"That's why, I'll most likely come back next season. I thought last year was going to be my last, but it's all about the kids. And most of these girls are rising juniors. And many of them told me they'd come back, if I did. So I guess, I'll be back."
The East won the bronze medal by knocking off the North, 3-0.
Sunday - June 22nd
Girls Gold Medal Game: West 4, South 2
Girls Bronze Medal Game: East 3, North 0
Boys Bronze Medal Game: Central 3, Northeast 2
Boys Gold Medal Game: South 1, West 0