East Carteret Girls Fall In Penalty Kicks In State Title Game

RALEIGH— Sophomore goalkeeper Madison Good came up with two big stops during the penalty kick shootout to lift Community School of Davidson to a marathon 2-1 victory over East Carteret on Saturday afternoon in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women's soccer championship game at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University.

The two teams battled to a 1-1 draw for 110 minutes, including the regulation 80 minutes, two 10-minute overtime periods and two five-minute sudden death stanzas, before going to penalty kicks.

All four shooters for CSD made their penalty kicks, including Anna LaVella, Eliza Robinson, Hayden Wheaton and Cassidy Haddock. Kathryn Hudson made hers for East Carteret in the third slot, but Meghan Nyberg as the leadoff shooter and Lindsey Thayer as the second shooter were stopped by Good and that was the difference. After CSD went up 4-1 in PK’s, the outcome was decided.

Good, who also had two saves in regulation, was named the championship Most Valuable Player.

The Mariners had struck quickly to open the game, with a goal less than three minutes in as senior forward Lindsey Thayer turned and lofted one in from the left wing off an assist from Nyberg for a 1-0 advantage.

Community School of Davidson evened the count at 1-1 in the 51st minute when freshman Lissi Gordon tallied. Gordon got a pass from Robinson, another freshman, in the box and then tucked it away in the far corner of the goal to tie the contest with her 21st goal of the season.

East Carteret managed just three shots on goal while CSD had four. The Mariners had just one corner kick while CSD had two.

Community School of Davidson was in its first championship in any sport ever as one of the newest members of the NCHSAA and finished the season with a perfect 19-0 mark.

East made its first trip to the finals in what is by far the best season in school history—the Mariners had won only three NCHSAA playoff games in history prior to making this run. East wound up 12-6 overall.

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.