The Cox Mill girls’ soccer team may have had the most dominating season of any Cabarrus County team in recent memory. The Chargers easily won the South Piedmont 3A Conference title with a 16-0 record, finishing 18-3 overall.Cox Mill outscored its conference opponents 129-2 and won every game by a margin of at least four goals.The Chargers advanced to the second round of the state playoffs but were eliminated in a 2-1 loss to Cuthbertson. Central Cabarrus and Hickory Ridge also represented Cabarrus County in the 3A state tournament.In 4A, Robinson made the transition from 3A an easy one. The Bulldogs (14-4-3, 10-3-1) were one of the biggest threats in the MECKA 8 to Hough, the eventual 4A state champion. Robinson lost the first meeting 1-0 and tied the second match 2-2.Cannon School reached the state quarterfinals of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A state tournament. Senior Anna Estep finished a spectacular career in which she recorded 139 goals and 42 assists.Before Estep’s four seasons, Cannon had not made the state playoffs since 2007. She helped the Cougars to three straight state quarterfinal appearances. Coach of the year: Kellie Pierrot, Cox Mill – A native of Ohio, Pierrot knew nothing of Cox Mill’s history or her future players before she was named head coach last summer.The Chargers finished second in the SPC in 2013 but had only one senior – goalkeeper Katie Brinkley – returning. That means all but one of Cox Mill’s starters is scheduled to return next year.Pierrot’s biggest challenge was keeping her team engaged even though it was clear by mid-season that Cox Mill was the class of the SPC. Cox Mill was led by SPC Player of the Year Shayna Wolery, a junior midfielder/forward who had transferred from Alaska. Even though she was the team’s offensive player of the year, Pierrot played her at defense when injuries depleted the Chargers’ back line late in the season.In addition to Wolery, freshman midfielder Mary Perkins, junior midfielder/forward Chrsitine Rofles, sophomore defenders Kathryn Laughlin and Taylor Koenig, and junior forward Jessica Fail all made all-conference. “I am very proud of every single girl on the team,” said Pierrot. “They learned to effectively play well together and never gave up the entire season.”Cox Mill’s regular season losses were to Marvin Ridge and Cannon School in the season’s first two weeks. The Chargers then won 17 straight games. Girls’ soccer player of the year: Anna Estep, Cannon School, forward – A physically powerful and fast forward, Estep was NCISAA all-state for three years. This season the University of Pennsylvania signee was voted all-state by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.Estep led Cannon School with 34 goals and 12 assists despite being double- and triple-teamed regularly. She averaged 1.6 goals per game.“She’s as tough as they come,” said Cannon coach Matt Barlow. “She fends off challenges. She gets knocked down. She’s physically strong, powerful. More often than not, she’s clutch.”Such was the case in an early season game against Cary Academy, when Cannon School fought back from a 3-1 deficit to earn a 3-3 tie. Estep scored the game’s final goal with a minute to go on a free kick.Estep’s season high was against Forsyth Country Day when she scored all of the Cougars’ goals in a 5-1 win.
Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014
All-Cabarrus News girls’ soccer: Cox Mill dominant in South Piedmont
All-Cabarrus News girls’ soccer
• Sabrina Bolgna, Robinson, Soph. – Had 26 assists and is already Robinson’s all-time assists leader with two seasons to go. Also scored 35 goals in an all-conference and all-region season.
• Anna Estep, Cannon School, Sr. – NCSCA all-state player scored 34 goals and assisted on 12 others as Cannon School reached the state quarterfinals.
• Shayna Wolery, Cox Mill, Jr. – The SPC Player of the Year scored 18 goals this season. She was also named all-region in her first year at Cox Mill.
• Paityn Wynn, Hickory Ridge, Soph. – Scored 27 goals and had three assists to help Ragin’ Bulls to state playoffs. Named all-conference and all-region.
• Michaela Mayberry, cfa Academy, Sr. – All-conference and all-state performer recorded 10 goals and 12 assists.
• Mary Perkins, Cox Mill, Fr. – Scored 15 goals from her left-midfield position, earning all-conference and all-region.
• Christine Rofles, Cox Mill, Jr. – Led the Chargers with 32 goals as she was selected all-conference and all-region.
• McKenzie Siner, Northwest Cabarrus, Sr. – The two-time team MVP was named all-conference and all-region. Finished career with 29 goals and 24 assists.
• Taylor Koenig, Cox Mill, Soph. – All-conference and all-region player’s specialty is winning balls in the air. Helped develop Cox Mill’s offensive attack from the back.
• Kathryn Laughlin, Cox Mill, Soph. – An all-conference and all-region player that helped Cox Mill record 14 shutouts in conference play.
• Paige Manzi, Robinson, Fr. – Recorded five goals and four assists as a center-back and was named all-conference and all-region. Helped team earn 10 shutouts.
• Morgan McDaniel, Mount Pleasant, Sr. – Senior leader on a team with mostly freshmen in the line-up. All-conference and team MVP from her sweeper position.
• Goalkeeper: Kendall Thomas, Cannon School, Jr. – Recorded five shutouts and named all-state. Averaged 7.8 saves per game for a .854 save percentage.
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