CorrespondentComing into the season, first-year Providence Day girls’ soccer coach Dan Dudley said he wanted to help the Chargers’ team raise banners.Little did he know that it would happen so fast, as Providence Day (17-3) won its first NCISAA 3A state championship in school history 2-1 over Greensboro Day.Meanwhile, Myers Park (18-2-1) also had a great season, winning the Southwestern 4A (SW4A) title, while making it all the way to the 4A state semifinals, losing to Hough.Charlotte Catholic (20-3-3) also won its MEGA 7 conference championship, and got to the 3A state semifinals, before losing to St. Stephens.Five-time defending state champion (2008-2012), Charlotte Latin, came up one game short of another shot a state title, losing 2-1 to Greensboro. All South Charlotte News girls’ soccer player of the year: Jane Cline, Charlotte CatholicCline has proved she can score with the state’s best in each of her four seasons at Charlotte Catholic.The Cougars’ senior led the nation with 75 goals (according to maxpreps.com), while adding 17 assists to help lead Catholic to the 3A state semifinals.Cline, a three-time, all-state pick and twice Observer Player of the Year (2012, 2013), also finished her Catholic career with a Mecklenburg County record 181 goals. Cline will continue her education and soccer career at Appalachian State. All South Charlotte girls’ soccer coach of the year: Dan Dudley, Providence DayDudley had big expectations for Providence Day girls’ soccer team in his first as the head coach. The Chargers lived up to his hype in a season of firsts.First, Providence Day beat Charlotte Latin 2-1 on April, for the first time in 15 years. Then, the Chargers did it again (1-0) to help clinch a perfect 8-0 conference record to win their first league crown.Finally, Dudley helped his team win their first state title.The future looks bright as all-state forwards, Allie Gray, Lauren Lucas and all-state midfielder Morgan Mosack are back to contend for another state crown in 2014. All South Charlotte News girls’ soccer team Forward: Jane Cline, Charlotte Catholic, Sr. – All-state pick led the nation in scoring with 75 goals. Forward: Lindsey Tully, Charlotte Catholic, Jr. – Another all-state option for Cougars combined with Cline to form dynamic duo up top, Appalachian State commit. Forward: Allie Gray, Providence Day, Fr. - All-state freshman led Chargers with 16 goals Forward: Lauren Lucas, Providence Day, So. – All-state forward had game-winning goal in state championship. Forward/Midfielder: Ellie Deaver, Providence, So. – All-conference, all-region pick led Panthers in scoring, again. Midfielder: Sarah Phillips, Ardrey Kell, Sr. – All-state performer also a Virginia Tech signee. Midfielder: Virginia McNeill, Myers Park, Jr. – Mustangs’ center midfielder an all-state, all-region, all-conference pick, Samford commit. Midfielder: Morgan Mosack, Providence Day, Jr. – Steady all-state midfielder helped direct Charger offense, also netted 10 goals, Appalachian State commit. Midfielder: Ashley Finke, Charlotte Latin, Sr. – Davidson signee was a four-time all-state, all-conference performer. Midfielder: Ana Waits, Charlotte Catholic, Sr. and Madison Neely, South Mecklenburg, So. – Waits another all-state pick and a big key to Catholic offensive attack; Neely an all-region performer with potential. Midfielder/Defender: Adelaide Cummings, Charlotte Country Day, Sr. – Davidson signee a three-time all-state performer for Bucs. Defender: Caroline Alexander, Myers Park, Sr. – University of Alabama signee was all-state pick, all-region, SW4A player of the year and had nine assists from her center back spot. Defender: Casey Butler, South Mecklenburg, Sr. – All-state defender, four-year starter helped Sabres climb to near the top of the SW4A standings. Defender: Cannon Clough, Charlotte Latin, Jr. – All-state junior a defensive stopper for Hawks’ defense. Goalkeeper: Sam Steyl, Ardrey Kell, Jr. – SW4A keeper of the year, also an all-region pick, Appalachian State commit. Staff writer Corey Inscoe contributed to this story.
Wednesday, Jul. 03, 2013
First-year coach leads Providence Day to first title
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