Carrboro High Women's Soccer Team Wins 2A Title
May 25 was certainly a night for the record books in CHCCS athletics. Not one but two high school women’s soccer teams prevailed in state championship games in Raleigh. In the 2A game, Carrboro High School (CHS) beat Lake Norman Charter School, 4-3, with a series of penalty kicks in a heart-stopping contest. In the 3A game, East Chapel Hill High School (ECHHS) triumphed over Asheville’s T.C. Roberson, 2-0, and with that victory, they brought home their first championship since 2004.
Director of School Safety and Athletics, Scarlett Steinert, cheered on both winning CHCCS teams, and she, like most fans and players, didn’t get home till late Saturday night (Sunday morning!) But the chance to watch two district teams win state championships doesn’t come around often! “I continue to be so impressed by the awesome student-athletes and coaches we have in CHCCS,” Steinert said. “Having a 2A and a 3A NCHSAA State Championship team in women's soccer for the spring 2019 is a testament to their dedication and hard work. Congrats to both teams!
Jared Drexler has coached the Jaguars’ women’s soccer team since 2013, and he wasted no time building a 2A powerhouse. His women’s teams won state championships in 2015, 2016 and 2017. The next year, a number of his players graduated or moved to other schools, so in the CHS athletic history books, 2018 stands out as a “year off” from finishing first. But here they were again, adding to the school’s trophy case.
The game against Lake Norman Charter was a defensive showcase for both teams. Drexler has always focused on defensive superiority, and the 2019 team embraced his philosophy whole-heartedly. Drexler said he pushed his players to embrace and maximize a work ethic. “I tell them to work as hard as possible on all aspect of their game. And I make everything as competitive as possible!”
Julia Conner, a CHS junior, said, “Winning the state championship was a true team effort, and every player on this team dug deep to see this result. I'm extremely proud of our grace and composure on the field.” Conner also won the Sportsmanship Award for the game.
Navia Mosley, also a junior, earned MVP honors for the finals, and she scored the only CHS goal before the game went to overtime at 1-1. What followed was a penalty kick contest to lead to the eventual 4-3 score with senior Olivia Winkler’s final goal.
Drexler said despite his intense emphasis on competition, he always urges this players to “enjoy their time in high school soccer. Winning the championship really was just the cherry on top.” CHS finished the season 18-1-2 and 10-0 in the Mid-State 2A Conference.