The Lake Norman region has proved to be one of the best areas in the state for girls’ soccer.That showed this season, as four schools played in their respective state championship games.Davidson Day won its third straight title, claiming the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association’s 2A championship, while Lake Norman Charter notched its first state championship, beating Raleigh Charter in the N.C. High School Athletic Association 1A title game.Hough played in its second straight title game, but this time came up on the losing end to unbeaten Green Hope in the 4A championship.The Huskies were the only team to beat Lake Norman, in the 4A quarterfinals, after the Wildcats swept Hough in the regular season to win the I-Meck 4A title.South Iredell also had a great run, reaching the 2A state championship. Lake Norman girls’ soccer player of the year: Kendall Fischlein, Lake Norman – Kendall Fischlein accomplished a lot in her Lake Norman soccer career. But the Wildcats’ senior saved her best for last, scoring a school-record 44 goals this season to break Taylor Waters’ 2012 mark of 29 scores.Fischlein also became the school record-holder for career assists (58) and is the second all-time leading scorer (87 goals) for the Wildcats.Fischlein earned all-state, all-region and I-Meck 4A Player of the Year honors for her efforts.Fischlein will continue her soccer career at Wake Forest. Lake Norman girls’ soccer coach of the year: Justin Valenti, Lake Norman Charter – Justin Valenti has built the Lake Norman Charter girls’ soccer program into a consistent winner.This year, Valenti and the Knights finally finished their season as winners, taking the 1A state title in a dramatic 6-3 overtime win over Raleigh Charter.Lake Norman Charter won 17 of its final 19 games during the final two months of the season.The Knights, who were a perfect 12-0 in the Southern Piedmont 1A/2A to win the league title, outscored their opponents 21-3 in the postseason.While Valenti loses some key pieces in all-state performers Carolyn Huddy and Carolina Sanchez, he returns the bulk of his state title team to take on the challenge of moving up to class 2A and the Big South 2A/3A with Ashbrook, East Gaston, Forestview, Hunter Huss, North Gaston, South Point and Stuart Cramer High.All-Lake Norman girls’ soccer teamForwards• Kendall Fischlein, Lake Norman, Sr. – All-state performer had a school-record 44 goals this season.• Miracle Campbell, South Iredell, Sr. – Pfeiffer signee, an all-state pick, led Vikings to 2A state runner-up finish.• Riley Kane, Lake Norman Charter, Jr. – Knights’ all-region forward had a team-best 21 goals.Midfielders• Brandi Arey, Hough, Sr. – All-state pick, Gardner-Webb signee, had 20 goals and 12 assists.• Courtney Carroll, Hough, Jr. – All-state selection, an Ole Miss commit, had 19 goals, 16 assists for Huskies.• Caitlyn Rodrigues, Davidson Day, Sr. – All-state pick, Queens University signee, tallied 25 goals, 34 assists.• Carolina Sanchez, Lake Norman Charter, Sr. – UNC Pembroke signee was an all-state performer.• Tori Jackson, Lincoln Charter, Jr. – All-state pick led her team to a school-record 16-3-2 record.• Amanda Karlson, Lake Norman, Jr. – Ole Miss commit was an all-conference, all-region performer.Defenders• Justine Lockman, Lake Norman, Jr. – All-state defender was also a key weapon for Wildcats on set pieces.• Ciara Murphy, Davidson Day, Sr. – All-state defender signed with USC Upstate.• Courtney Boger, South Iredell, Jr. – All-state defender is a Winthrop commit.• Briana Cuevas, Hough, Sr. – All-region, All-I-Meck selection was Hough’s lockdown defender, also had 10 assists.Goalkeepers• Marnie Merritt, Hough, Jr. – Ole Miss commit, an all-state pick, had 18 shutouts this season to bring her career number to 40.• Carolyn Huddy, Lake Norman Charter, Sr. – UNC Wilmington signee had 15 shutouts on her way to being all-state.
Tuesday, Jul. 02, 2013
2013 All-Lake Norman girls’ soccer team
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