Two Mecklenburg County players lifted their teams to victory in the N.C. Coaches Association All-Star soccer games Tuesday night at Macpherson Stadium in the Bryan Park Soccer Complex, just outside of Greensboro.
In the boys’ game, Garinger’s Tresor Mbuyu was his usual self en route to most valuable player honors in a 4-1 victory for the West.
And, as she has done many times, Hough’s Emmily Cowie came up clutch. She had the game-winner to lift the West 2-1 over the East.
On a long free kick from Sarah Murphy of Winston-Salem’s Mount Tabor High, Cowie got a foot to the ball, sneaking it past the East goalkeeper for a 65th minute score.
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The tally came four minutes after a counterattack goal by Megan McCallister of Asheville’s A.C. Reynolds High, where Cowie had the assist. McCallister was named MVP.
Myers Park’s Megan Goodling and Union Academy’s Nikki Torres, both starters, had one shot each.
Mbuyu, the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association’s boys’ soccer player of the year, drew a penalty after beating a defender in the box, then slotted in the penalty in the 17th minute.
He added a goal in the 54th minute, off an assist from Community School of Davidson’s Adam Cosgrove, and notched an assist to Hunter Huss’ Seth Jones in the 44th.
AC Reynolds’ Hector Gutierrez scored in the 47th to make it 3-0.
Cuthbertson’s Travis Whitt started for the West, and Hough’s C.J. Bradley and Lake Norman Charter’s Will Silva were reserves.
UNC Greensboro is the normal host of the All-Star Games, but it is having work done on its field this summer.
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