Carrboro uses 7 rounds of PKs to beat Lake Norman Charter in 2A soccer championship
The Carrboro Jaguars are the 2A girls soccer state champions after a 1-1 (4-3) victory over Lake Norman Charter.
Lake Norman Charter made its second consecutive appearance in the 2A state championship game after being defeated by First Flight in 2018.
Carrboro got off to a good start with a quick goal off a corner kick by Brynn Holt-Ling that was headed into the goal by Navia Mosley.
Mosley was consistently Carrboro’s most dangerous player throughout the first half.
Lake Norman Charter didn’t need much time to level the score, as junior Ayden Yates converted on a chance about five minutes after Carrboro’s initial goal.
The pace of play slowed considerably after the two goals were scored, as both teams locked things down defensively after surrendering a goal.
The game went into the halftime break tied 1-1.
The pace of play picked up in the second half as both teams adjusted to the other’s schemes and faced the reality of the situation.
Neither team was able to break through, but things took a turn in favor of the Jaguars when Kasey Hahn of the Knights received her second yellow card and was sent off.
Carrboro took advantage of that in the sense that they got the better of the play from there on out, but the Jaguars were not able to find a decisive goal in regulation.
The game became the third of the day to go to overtime tied 1-1.
Late in the second 10-minute overtime period, Lake Norman Charter’s Hallie Arko was shown a red card for unsportsmanlike conduct.
The Knights were down to nine players on the field for the remainder of the contest.
They were able to survive the rest of the period, and went to the golden goal looking to hold off Carrboro and make it to penalty kicks where footing would be more even.
The Knights were in fact able to survive the golden goal period, although Carrboro very nearly won the game with about 50 seconds to go, but the shot whizzed narrowly wide.
Five rounds of penalty kicks was not enough to differentiate between the two teams, and Olivia Winkler buried the deciding goal in the seventh round of penalty kicks.