Polk County High School girls soccer roundupPublished 9:27pm Thursday, June 13, 2013
The Lady Wolverine JV soccer team had one of their best seasons finishing 13-3-1 overall and 6-0 WHC, JV Champions.
Their only losses came to Dorman, West Henderson and TC Roberson high schools. Despite the loss to Dorman in the Icebreaker Tournament, the Wolverines went on to make it to the final, defeating Spartanburg 2-0 on the way. In the final, against host Boiling Springs, the score was a 1-1 tie. However the Wolverines would lose in a penalty kick shootout. The defense, anchored by Shiloh Wyatt in goal, allowed only 16 goals this season. Sophomore Miriam Santibanez was second in scoring with 18 goals, and first in assists with 12. Freshman Ashley Love led the team in scoring and total points with a JV record 29 goals, and was second in assists with nine. The other contributions came from Graci Moser with seven assists and one goal; Sarah Phipps with six assists and two goals; Emily Kocher with three goals; Jessica Bently and Lauren Stratman, both with two goals; Hanna O’Brien with three assists; Maribel Flores with one assist; and Leah Stockdale with one goal. The team ended the season scoring 54 goals.
The Lady Wolverine Varsity soccer team started the season 0-3, losing to Shelby, F.T. Foard and Hickory, then ended the regular season losing three games.
The rest of the season was very good for the Wolverines. They twice went undefeated for seven games. First winning seven in a row, and then after a tie with conference champions, Owen, winning six straight.
This was a close group and they carried that onto the field. The defense was steady, anchored by first time goalkeeper Mackenzie White, leading the team to 12 shutouts.
The offense/attack unlike the JV’s was a lot more balanced with 18 players out of 21 contributing either goals and/or assists this season. The team was led by Ellese Cash with 17 goals and one assist, and Sam Firby with nine goals and two assists for the season. McKenna Callahan and Lyric Flood had five goals, Kayla McEntire had four goals and Talia Petoia had three for the season. Alessandra Akers, Megan Clements and Lyric Flood led the team in assists with five each.
Other contributors with goals were Candace Arrington, Jamie Greene, Emily Miller and Julie Meldgaard with two goals each; Megan Clements, Jordan Geer, Makenzie White and Shiloh Wyatt with one goal a piece.
Other contributions with assists Emily Miller and Julie Meldgaard with four, Cassidy Campbell with three; Mckenna Callahan and Kayla McEntire with two; and Naomi Bently, Leigh Deaver and Talia Petoia with one each.
The team finished the regular season 13-7-1 overall, and 11-2-1 in WHC finishing third, behind Owen 11-0-3, and Hendersonville 11-1-2. Despite losing three games to end the season, the Wolverines made it to the third round of the playoffs, losing to eventual Western Champion South Iredell 0-1. Finishing with an overall record of 15-8-1 and being ranked #16 in the 2A poll. The team loses nine seniors after this season.
– article submitted
by Coach Lennox Charles