Nathan Williams and his Providence girls’ soccer team knew what it was like to get to the state championship game and lose.
The Panthers did that last season, falling to Panther Creek in the 4A state title game.
This year, Providence made sure that didn’t happen again as the Panthers girls -- who were ranked as high as No. 1 in the nation this year -- had a dominant season, going 25-1-1 on their way to a 4A state championship win over Cary’s Middle Creek High School.
Williams, the Charlotte Observer girls’ soccer coach of the year, helped lead the Providence girls’ soccer team to their first state title since 1997.
The Panthers are 48-3-2 over the past two seasons.
▪ Hough sophomore forward Ashlynn Serepca is the Charlotte Observer girls’ soccer player of the year. Like Williams, she also had a season to remember.
The N.C. Gatorade player of the year poured in a school-record 33 goals, while also dishing out 14 assists.
Serepca, the MECKA 4A conference player of the year, is now a two-time all-conference, all-region and all-state selection. She helped her Hough team (16-5-1) to the third round of the 4A state playoffs.
▪ Weddington, led by Coach Powell Williams, won the NCHSAA 3A state championship, while Community School of Davidson, led by Coach Chad Solomonson, also won the 1A state title. And Charlotte Latin coach, Lee Horton, led his Charlotte Latin team to their second straight, NCISAA 3A state title.
2016 Charlotte Observer girls soccer team
Ashlynn Serepca, Hough, So.: N.C. Gatorade player of the year, all-state pick had a school-record 33 goals; a University of Virginia commit.
Maggie Wadsworth, Weddington, Sr.: Lehigh University signee and all-state pick had 30 goals this season, giving her a school-record 113 career scores.
Mary Elliott McCabe, Charlotte Latin, So.: University of North Carolina commit and all-state forward had 28 goals, 13 assists to help lead Latin to a state championship.
Julia Grainda, Community School of Davidson, Sr.: The 1A state championship game’s most valuable player was an all-state this season. Charlotte 49ers’ signee had had 31 goals, nine assists this season.
Carson Jones, Providence Day, Jr.: Elon commit and all-state forward led talented Charger squad to NCISAA 3A state semifinals.
Emily Nelson, Charlotte Catholic, Sr.: Elon signee and all-state pick led a potent Cougar offense with 21 goals, 11 assists.
Molly McGarry, Providence, Jr.: The 4A state championship game’s MVP was an all-state selection (19 goals, eight assists), SoMeck8 conference player of the year and is a UNC Wilmington commit.
Emily Hilliard, Weddington, Sr.: Princeton-bound all-state midfielder was Southern Carolinas’ conference player of the year with 14 goals, 20 assists.
Remi Roberts, Weddington, Jr.: Charlotte 49ers’ commit and all-state pick was the 3A state championship game’s MVP; had 14 goals, seven assists this season.
Mary Masner, Lake Norman, Sr.: North Piedmont conference (NPC) player of the year, all-state midfielder is also a Charlotte 49ers’ signee.
Abby Givens, Myers Park, Sr. (also a forward): Princeton signee and all-state pick has led Mustangs in goals and assists the past two seasons.
Mary Perkins, Cox Mill, Jr.: South Piedmont conference player of the year, all-state pick; Appalachian State commit had 25 goals this season for 3A state semifinalist squad.
Lauren Ellis, Providence, Sr.: Louisville signee led a Panther defense that gave up only nine goals all season.
Kate Hickson, Providence, Jr.: Charlotte 49ers’ commit was shutdown defender for 4A state champion Panthers.
Amber Freeney, Porter Ridge, Sr.: Southwestern 4A player of the year and all-state pick; Gardner-Webb University signee led Pirates to a conference title as well.
Cassidy Wheaton, Community School of Davidson, Jr.: All-state Spartan center back was a major force for a defense that gave up only 14 scores all season, helped team to 1A state title.
Kristin Brown, Lake Norman, Sr.: Appalachian State signee, all-state selection led a stingy, Wildcat defense that led the team to the 4A state quarterfinals.
Ali Fitch, South Mecklenburg, Sr.: UNC Wilmington signee and all-state pick, was the anchor of the Sabre defense.
Claudia Dickey, Charlotte Latin, So.: All-state goalkeeper, University of North Carolina commit; had 15 shutouts on the season, also record 18 saves in the NCISAA 3A state title game.
Caleigh McKinnon, Union Academy, So.; Meagan Quinn, South Iredell, Jr.; Alex Denny, Hough, Sr.; Kyla Moncrief, Mallard Creek, Sr.; Sabrina Bologna, Jay M. Robinson, Sr.; Danielle Colannino, East Lincoln, Jr.; Alina McCue, Covenant Day, Jr.
Emily Wise, Charlotte Latin, Jr.; Anna Sidders, Union Academy, Sr.; Brooke Freeman, South Iredell, Jr.; Eliza Robinson, Community School of Davidson, Jr.; Molly Boda, Central Academy, Jr./Anna Boda, Union Academy, Jr.; Kylie Haarman, Statesville Christian, So.; Madison Sims, Lake Norman Charter, So.
Cyan Mercer, Weddington, Jr.; Camille Appleby, Providence Day, Sr.; Kelsey Lynch, Marvin Ridge, Fr.; Ashley Johnson, Hough, Sr.; Riley Orr, Lake Norman, Sr.; Mia Thillet, Providence, So.; Peyton Pruitt, Pine Lake Prep, Sr./Shannon O’Neill, West Iredell, Sr.
Haley Pratt, Ardrey Kell, Sr.