Charlotte Catholic’s Jane Cline is the 2012 All-Observer girls soccer player of the year.
The Observer annually selects all-star teams in select sports throughout the season. Players must be nominated to earn a spot on the team by their coaches. A panel of Observer sportswriters selects the teams.
Cline, a junior, led her team to a second straight N.C. 3A state finals appearance. Catholic won in 2011, when Cline was named game MVP. This season, Catholic lost 2-1 to Jacksonville White Oak in the 2012 championship game last month.
Cline had the Cougars’ lone goal.
Cline finished the season with 41 goals and 17 assists, to go with 24 goals and 11 assists she had as a sophomore.
Cline, a N.C. coaches all-state pick for the second straight year, also repeats on the All-Observer first team.
The All-Observer coach of the year is Hough’s David Smith. Smith took the second-year school to a No. 1 national ranking from ESPN and the Sweet 16 championship as well.
Hough, then No. 2 in the nation, upset previously unbeaten Morrisville Green Hope 2-1 in the N.C. 4A state championship game last month. Hough finished 26-0-1 and won 25 straight games.
• Cline and Smith double as the All-Mecklenburg player and coach of the year.
• The All-Region player of the year is Lake Norman’s Taylor Waters, a Wake Forest recruit and all-state pick who broke her school’s career record for goals (94). The All-Region coach of the year is Cuthbertson’s Nathan Wade. Wade led the Cavaliers to the state finals in his first season. Cuthbertson won the 2011 state championship when Wade was an assistant to then coach Nelson Garner.
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