RALEIGH -- Southwest Onslow struck quickly in a two-minute span in the second half on Saturday as the Stallions blanked Avery County 2-0 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 1-A women's soccer championship game at the Curtis and Jacqueline Dail Soccer Stadium on the campus of North Carolina State University.
After a scoreless first half, Avery dominated the opening minutes of play in the second half until Southwest struck quickly for a pair of goals. The first tally came in the 49th minute when sophomore midfielder Armani Boswell lofted what almost appeared to be a cross from the right wing but it found its way into the back of the net for a 1-0 lead.
Moments later, Jeseca Hinds collected a rebound after a Stallion shot and knocked it in for a 2-0 advantage, pushing her team-leading goal total to 20 for the season. Southwest did a good job of utilizing its speed and possessing the ball, especially down the stretch.
Senior central defender Samantha Williams, who helped Southwest control the midfield, was named as the match Most Valuable Player.
Senior tri-captain Meagan Robeson, with four saves, earned the shutout in goal for Southwest, the 10th of the season for the Stallions and fourth in the playoffs. Southwest had an 18-7 advantage in shots on goal.
Both teams were making their initial trip to an NCHSAA women's soccer final. Southwest finished with a 15-2-2 record while Avery was 20-2-2 overall, but the Lady Vikings enjoyed their best year ever with four playoff victories this year after only two all-time prior to this season.
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. Wendy’s is the presenting sponsor for the NCHSAA sports program.
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