Lady Wolverines head to state championship game Saturday

Published 3:03 pm Friday, May 29, 2009

Four North Carolina High School Athletic Association women&39;s state soccer championships will be decided this weekend in the 24th annual NCHSAA finals at Paul Derr Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University. Four games will played on Saturday, starting with the 3-A title match at 10 a.m., followed in order by 1-A, 2-A and 4-A finals. This will be the third year for a separate 1-A championship since the number of schools playing the sport increased to the threshold for having a separate championship. All four of the games will be televised by Time Warner Cable and available on Carolina on Demand, digital channel 1234 on Time Warner systems across the state, within a couple of days after the championships. Saturday&squo;s action will start with the 10 a.m. game for the 3-A title between three-time defending champion Jacksonville White Oak (21-0) and Kings Mountain (24-1). The 1-A championship is set for 1 p.m., as Raleigh Charter will take on Polk County. Both have made previous appearances in the finals recently; Polk is back for the second consecutive year after losing to Dixon in last year&squo;s championship while Raleigh Charter won the &squo;07 title over Bishop McGuinness. Raleigh Charter advanced to the state finals with a dramatic overtime victory over Hampstead Topsail in the East Regional final. Kaitlin Franks with 19 goals paces Polk while goalkeeper Jazmine Bridgeman has recorded nine shutouts and has a 1.08 goals-against average for the Lady Wolverines.

This will be the 15th year in a row that the event has been held in the Raleigh area. The Raleigh Sports Consortium serves as the primary host city partner for the women&39;s soccer championship, along with the Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau. Wendy&squo;s is the presenting sponsor for the NCHSAA sports program.

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