Three area high school girls were named this week to the U-17 girls U.S. National World Cup soccer team that will play in Azerbaijan this fall.
Morgan Reid, a junior at Cardinal Gibbons; Claire Wagner, a senior at Panther Creek; and Joanna Boyles, a junior at Sanderson; were selected after training camp and competition. They are the only players from North Carolina on the U.S. team.
Reid is committed to Duke, Wagner to Clemson and Boyles to the University of North Carolina.
The U.S. opens play on Sept. 22 against France in the Caspian Sea city of Lankaran. Azerbaijan is between the Caspian Sea, Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran.
The three girls play on the Capital Area Soccer League’s Chelsea team, which won the Elite Clubs National League (ECNL) Nationals with a shootout win over the Michigan Hawks in July.
Chelsea won the shootout when Reid gave the club a 5-4 penalty kick win. Earlier, Boyles scored Chelsea’s only goal on a header off a corner kick by Wagner.
Carrboro delivers surprise: Carrboro knocked off rival Chapel Hill 2-0 in boys soccer on Monday night.
Chapel Hill (4-3-0) out-shot Carrboro 18-5, but Carrboro first-year goalkeeper Murat Calikoglu made nine saves.
A hard shot by Chapel Hill’s Chandler Weedon got past Calikoglu in the 76th minute, but Mike McPeak made a clearing back save to turn away the Tigers.
"That’s the beauty of soccer," said Chapel Hill coach Ron Benson. "Do the right thing at the right time and you should win. We did a lot of good things, but not at the right time."
Carrboro (1-2-2), which graduated 10 seniors off last year’s playoff team, picked up its first win thanks to a goal in the 24th minute by Nico Kranchenfels and one in the 45th minute by Marc Rovner.
Tennis showdown: Panther Creek, which is ranked No. 3 in the N.C. High School Tennis rankings, plays at No. 1 Broughton on Wednesday at 3:30. Greensboro Grimsley and Greensboro Page are Nos. 2 and 4.
East Chapel Hill, which is No. 5, defeated Cardinal Gibbons 6-3 on Monday. Gibbons is No. 2 behind Charlotte Catholic in 3A.
Green Hope, No. 6 in 4A, climbed to 6-0 this season with a 9-0 victory over Lee County on Monday. The Falcons dropped only two games in the six singles matches.
Arensdorf leads scoring: Senior David Arensdorf of Millbrook leads area boys soccer scorers. He has five goals and seven assists for 17 points. He has scored a goal or made an assist in each game this season.
Millbrook has scored five goals in each of its last three games and is 3-0-1, including a 2-2 tie with Wilmington Hoggard in the season opener.
The Cap Eight’s Sanderson (5-0-1) and Enloe (3-0-1) also are undefeated.
League plays begins Tuesday.
Cross country: The Green Hope girls and the Broughton boys won team titles Saturday in the Providence Invitational at McAlpine Greenway in Charlotte.
The Green Hope girls topped second-place Lexington, S.C., 101-128. Broughton junior Megan Sullivan won the individual title with an 18:12. Cardinal Gibbons’ Mary Grace Doggett was third (18:21).
Broughton beat runner-up Cary 50-91, despite the Imps’ Bakri Abushouk winning the individual title in 15:20.
Five Broughton runners ran 16:10 or better led by No. 5 Will Roberson (15:40) and No. 6 John Dalton Rohr (15:40) The Caps’ Asher Smith-Rose (15:59) and Jeremy Brown (16:02) were Nos. 11 and 12. Cary’s Abel Tecle was 10th (15:57).
The Chapel Hill boys won the Western North Carolina Cross Country Carnival in Hendersonville. The Tigers topped Watauga 117-84. Colin Godwin of Cary Academy (16:06.83) was third in the boys race.