Though it didn’t make it out of the first round of the N.C. High School Athletics Association soccer playoffs, Chapel Hill can take pride in having done something no other team was able to do this season. The Tigers scored a goal on Carrboro.
That goal, in a 1-1 draw April 10 at Chapel Hill, was the only one given up by Carrboro in the regular season. Through three rounds of the NCHSAA 2A tournament, Carrboro has outscored everyone else 121-0.
Dominating the run of play all night and peppering Franklinton’s goal with 18 quality shots, No. 1-seeded Carrboro ended the 25th-seeded Rams’ unlikely run in the 2A girls’ soccer playoffs with a 5-0 shutout Wednesday night.
Leah Simon scored twice for Carrboro (18-0-1), which won its 10th straight match and recorded its 18th shutout wiuth Benedikte Turner in goal.
Lauren Gilliam, Laura Sparling and Katie Knotek each scored one goal for Carrboro. Sparling and her sister, Kate Sparling, as well as Knotek, and Miah Araba each notched an assist.
“We played well, but not great,” Carrboro coach Jared Drexler said, noting that Carrboro let several scoring chances go begging inside the penalty area.
Franklinton ended its year at 11-8-0, having reached the program’s high-water mark in the playoffs.
Franklinton’s 6-foot goalkeeper, Anna Moss, signed to played volleyball next year at North Carolina, stopped 14 shots on-goal Wednesday, at least two of them point-blank in one-on-one confrontations with Jaguars inside the six-yard box.
“Anna Moss is amazing. She’s one of the best in the state,” Franklinton coach Bert Woodburn said.
Moss played in the field the previous week, scoring in regulation and then in a fourth overtime period to lift Franklinton to a 2-1 victory at Eastern Randolph in the playoffs’ second round.
“The girls were on fire after that,” said Woodburn. “This is the farthest we’ve ever gone. I’m really proud of them.”
Woodburn took over Franklinton at the start of the playoffs after the team lost its fifth straight and head coach Issac Walker parted ways with the soccer program for unspecified reasons.
“We just worked to rebuild things after that,” Woodburn said.
Despite its improbable run through South Columbus and then Eastern Randolph in the 2A playoffs, Franklinton had little answer for Carrboro’s possession-minded offense.
“We felt pretty confident coming into the game,” Simon said, noting Carrboro shut out Franklinton 9-0 in the 2014 regular season. “Coach Drex told us not to pay attention to the result from last year, but we thought we’d win.”
Carrboro scored in the game’s 16th minute on Laura Sparling’s cross to Gilliam at the six-yard line. And Simon scored her first goal barely six minutes later on an assist from Kate Sparling. But Drexler thought the Jaguars could have scored more, and faster.
“We just didn’t bring our shooting boots tonight,” he said.
Simon added an insurance goal with 26:35 to play, assisted by Knotek.
Laura Sparling and Knotek scored 65 seconds apart in the game’s 72nd and 73rd minute to ice the win.
The Jaguars advanced to face Trinity (15-4-1) in the 1A tournament’s state quarterfinals. Trinity defeated N.C. Science & Math 5-0 Wednesday.
The Carrboro-Trinity game was played too late to be included in today’s edition of The Chapel Hill News. See www.nchsaa.org for results.