The battle between West and East superiority went down to Wednesday night’s football game after the former swept the latter in the N.C. Coaches Association boys’ and girls’ soccer all-star games Tuesday night.
Led by Durham School of the Arts coach Amy Green, the East girls lost 2-1. Swansboro’s Kimberly Moore’s wonder strike in the 57th was answered quickly by the West with goals in the 61st and 65th minute.
The West’s boys routed the East 4-1 with three second-half goals. East Carteret's Alex DeOliveira had an assist to Richlands’ Anthony Howard in the final minute for the East.
The games were played at Macpherson Stadium at the Bryan Park Soccer Complex outside of Greensboro. UNC Greensboro is the normal host of the NCCA All-Star Game, but it is having work done on its field this summer.
The East won both NCCA basketball all-star games on Monday night.
Wednesday, the East came out on top 27-13 in the annual NCCA football game, with Orange QB Garrett Cloer leading the victors. (See the game report on Page 8.)
Starting nod: Cardinal Gibbons’ Cooper Duplantis, Broughton’s Matt Brickhouse and Jack Krueger, Carrboro’s Richard Cato and Heritage’s Hunter Weiland all started for the East.
“It was a great honor playing with some friends who I’ve played with all my life,” Duplantis said. “The result may have not gone our way, but we enjoyed every moment of it.”
Cato allowed just one goal in his one half of play, and it came on a penalty in the 17th minute.
“That was frustrating, I read it wrong. It’s always a shame when you go the wrong way on those,” Cato said. “Coming out here with the guys was a great experience because finding (opponents) of this quality is something that I’ve had trouble with at home. Playing with all-stars is a great experience.”
Weiland took an early crack at a shot, but his bending volley from 30 yards away was tipped away by the West goalkeeper.
Brickhouse’s chip from 25 feet away with the outside part of his foot nearly crossed the line, but it was kicked away by a defender at the last moment.
“The keep came out really quick, and he was pretty close to me, and I had to lob it up really high,” Brickhouse said.
A high note: Northern Durham coach Michael Tetreault said Nicole Crutchfield’s senior year included “the most injuries in as many different places without having a skiing accident.”
Crutchfield had 40 goals as a junior but only played in a few games in 2015 because of injuries. On Tuesday, Crutchfield ended her year with two shots on goal.
“This was actually my first game back being healthy, so it was awesome to put it all out here and play,” said Crutchfield, who will play next season for coach Anson Dorrance’s North Carolina team. “I definitely think we controlled the game, had more possession, we just got caught on the counterattack.”
McDonald shines: Wakefield’s Kat McDonald was the N.C. Coaches Association’s girls’ soccer player of the year and she looked the part on Tuesday. The Duke recruit threaded several tight passes to teammates. “I just tried to control the middle, get the ball when I could, pass it to people who could also do really good things,” McDonald said.