It didn’t matter than Carrboro gave up its first goal of the season to a 2A opponent Saturday. The Jaguars scored the one that mattered most — one that even the opponent labeled “fantastic.”
Championship MVP Miah Araba rocketed a shot from 30 yards out with 6 minutes, 7 seconds left in a second overtime to lift the undefeated Jaguars to a 2-1 victory against ,East Bend Forbush, giving Carrboro its second N.C. High School Athletics Association 2A girls’ state soccer championship since 2012.
The win, the Jaguars’ second overtime victory of the playoffs, earned Carrboro (21-0-1) an NCHSAA record for fewest goals allowed in season (2).
Forbush (21-4-1), winner of 21 of 22 games prior to Saturday’s final at N.C. State’s Dail Soccer Stadium, was the first team to score on the Jaguars since defending state 3A champion Chapel Hill tied Carrboro 1-1 on April 10.
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“At the end of the day, all that sort of stuff looks awesome,” second-year Carrboro coach Jared Drexler said. “But I don’t care. If we had won 5-4 I’d be just as happy.”
All of the game’s goals came during overtime.
In the game’s 84th minute, Araba, curled a corner kick toward a group of players clustered in the six-yard box. The ball sailed just over the fingertips of Forbush’s 6-0 goalkeeper, Jessica Funk, and into the net for a 1-0 Carrboro lead at 4:58 into the first overtime. The goal originally was credited to Carrboro’s Kiara Hallows, who had scored the game-winner in a 1-0 Jaguar win in the state semifinals and who just missed getting a head on Araba’s kick.
Forbush hadn't given up a goal during the run of play since a 7-1 win April 6 at South Stokes.
“That was deflating,” Forbush coach Kenan James said. “But we showed character in the way we fought back.”
Forbush answered 78 seconds later off their seventh corner kick of the game. Nancy Rios started the play by kicking a short corner to Madison York, who fed the ball back to Rios. Moving higher for a better angle, Rios sent the ball into a crowd at the 6-yard box, and Shannon Holder one-timed a shot low to the near post to tie the game with 3:44 left in the first OT.
“I was a little frustrated by that,” said Carrboro goalkeeper Benedikte Turner, who finished the game with one save. “We got excited after our score and let down a little bit, but I knew we’d come back from that.”
“Yeah, I knew we’d get it back,” Araba said. “That’s the thing about our team: we never give up.
“That’s what kept pushing us; we weren’t going to give up after the hard work we’d put into this season.”
Before Saturday, Carrboro had outscored its opponents 124-1. Ten of its wins were 9-0 victories that were truncated by the state’s mercy rule. But three of the Jaguars’ playoff wins were by 1-0 margins, including an 1-0 overtime game against Croatan.
Forbush had shut out 18 opponents this season.
Depite fierce competition from the Falcons, Carrboro controled possession for much of Saturday’s game and outshot Forbush 7-5 in regulation, which ended at 0-0.
“We neeeded to control possession like they controled possesion,” James said.
Araba’s goal came on Carrboro’s only offensive chance of the second overtime. Lauren Gilliam started the play with a run into the corner and then a ball centered into a crowd at the six. The ball popped outside the top of the penalty area to Araba, who cranked up a shot that zipped past Funk’s outstretched fingertips.
“Certainly, that was not the sort of goal I was expecting to beat us – from that far out,” Forbush coach Kenan James said. “A fantastic shot.”