East Chapel Hill High Women's Soccer Team Wins State 3A 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 3A title 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. Carrboro High School won the 2A title.
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 back to back 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!"
Immediately following the CHS win, the Wildcats of ECHHS took to the field for their game against T.C. Roberson High School of Asheville. Like their crosstown peers, the ECHHS team has established defensive dominance, especially in the post-season when they never gave up a goal. Sophia Coon was named MVP after scoring both ECHHS goals in the first half.
“The game was amazing,” Coon said. “Our team worked very cohesively with one another, and together we worked to make the state championship happen. With amazing leadership from (co-captains) Anna Ford and Caroline Parker, we went in the game with courage and confidence and came out with a win.”
Despite the many offensive attempts by T.C. Roberson throughout the game, ECHHS goalkeeper Tierney McConnell and the Wildcat defensive line held fast for a stunning shutout. Austin Collins is the head coach of the Wildcats. The team finished the season 20-2-2 and 13-1 in the Big 3A Conference.
Principal Ken Proulx said, "This championship is a great example of what happens when talented athletes and coaches set a common goal, work extremely hard, and support one another on and off the field... a tremendous win for the East community."