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Former Cap looks to the next big soccer match

Former Broughton High girls’ soccer captain Clay Weaver is always looking for the next big match, the next challenge.

Last weekend she was captain of the North Carolina girls’ all-star soccer team that defeated South Carolina 2-1 in the 2012 Clash of the Carolinas in Charleston, S.C.

This week, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, she will play for the East squad in the N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star Soccer Game at UNC-Greensboro.

Beyond that she hopes to play at UNC Chapel Hill, where she has been invited to walk on this fall.

“I was going to go to North Carolina and play club soccer,” Weaver said. “But then I got invited to the preseason practice, so hopefully I can play there.”

All that, after a stellar career as a four-year starter for coach Izzy Hernandez’s championship program. Hernandez, who coached two boys’ teams and nine girls’ teams to state titles, is taking a break from coaching, but will still be teaching at Broughton this fall.

Injuries during her prep career caused her to miss some 2012 games, but they also made her appreciate the opportunity to play more.

She suffered a concussion and injuries to her foot, ankle and hip.

“I was injured a lot, with a couple of setbacks,” Weaver said. “But I wanted to come back every time because life is just not right without soccer. “I loved playing at Broughton so much because it was so competitive, and Coach Hernandez is a great coach. Playing there really helped my game.”

Weaver will be joined on the East squad by Caps teammate Kristen Cherry, who is expected to play at Virginia Wesleyan next year.

“Kristen came to Broughton our sophomore year, and I love playing with her. She is as fast as all get-out,” Weaver said. “We feed off each other, and it will be fun playing together.

“Playing in this game is such an honor. I’m really excited about it,” Weaver said. “It’s nice to have this type of competition in the middle of the summer. I know some of the girls playing, and the West has some Charlotte girls I know. It should be a good game.”

Hernandez has had quite a few players earn spots on the East-West rosters over the years.

“Clay was a four-year starter, captain, and played center-mid and striker, where she was a strong finisher and very good in transition,” Hernandez said. “Kristen played as a striker and outside-mid. She’s fast and does a good job getting behind the defense.”