RALEIGH— Senior midfielder Taylor Hopper broke a scoreless tie with a second half goal and helped lead West Stokes to a 2-0 victory over Washington on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women's soccer championship game at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University.
The Wildcats broke the scoreless tie in the 61st minute on a beautiful give and go, with junior forward Alex Jellison passing to a cutting Hopper, who tucked the ball into the right side of the goal with her left foot. Hopper, who was selected as the championship’s Most Valuable Player, tallied her 22nd goal of the year to make it 1-0.
Then in the 74th minute, West Stokes put it away on an unassisted goal by Morgan Snow, her 24th of the season. Washington keeper Emily Alligood made a fabulous fingertip save of a header by Tori Van Meter, but Snow secured the rebound and knocked it in.
Washington was hampered by injuries which kept a couple of key players out of the final, including Christian Heggie, the Pam Pack’s leading scorer.
West Stokes had eight shots on goal to four for Washington and the Wildcats had four corner kicks to just one for the Pam Pack.
Both teams were making their first trip to an NCHSAA state women’s soccer title match. West Stokes finished with a record of 25-2-1 while Washington wound up 22-3 and had a 21-match winning streak snapped.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium serves as the primary host city partner for the women's soccer championship, along with the Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.