The confidence and determination of defending champion Charlotte Providence Day, not to mention three unanswered goals, was too much for Cary Academy in the final of the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A girls soccer championship played on the campus of Forsyth Country Day.
Two goals from senior Morgan Mosack and one from freshman Madeline Marks capped the 3-0 win.
“It was a championship game and we got beat by a championship team,” said Cary Academy coach Jeff Costa. “They were very strong in the middle of the field and everywhere. We struggled to deal with their press throughout the game.”
The two teams had met early in the season, a 2-1 Providence Day win in Charlotte, and both had improved.
Mosack scored her first 15 minutes into the match off a corner kick by junior Cameron Jones, heading the ball high and hard just under the crossbar and over Cary sophomore keeper Aiden Lefebvre. Lefebvre certainly had the busier day as keepers went as Providence Day out shot Cary Academy 11-4.
“I thought their 22 (Mosack) was phenomenal,” admired Costa. “She did a wonderful job of dominating her role in the midfield.”
She scored her second on a free kick just a minute into the second half.
Cary Academy’s first shot on goal in the game came 10 minutes later from junior Isabelle Tamburo whose hard drive down the center from 18 yards out was neatly handled.
Four players in the match were named to the all-state team including Rebecca Kenney, Abbi Staker and Remi Swartz from Cary Academy (14-3-1) – the second time for Kenney.