CARY — The 13th annual Clash of the Carolinas was held Saturday, June 29 in Cary. North Carolina edged South Carolina 1-0 in the girls’ contest, while the Tar Heels and Sandlappers battled to a 2-2 draw in the boys’ game.
It was a “chamber of commerce” type day in The Triangle as clear skies and temperatures in the low 90s proved to be a perfect complement to WakeMed Soccer Park’s Koka Booth Stadium, which is in immaculate condition.
South Carolina registered 12 shots on goal while North Carolina net-minders, Tuscola High School’s Sarah Swaim and Kerry Eagleston of West Forsyth, combined for nine saves with five and four, respectively.
Event organizers were thrilled with the players’ performance during the Clash, praising their determination in reaching the highest levels of play on the high school stage.
“The talent level of the female soccer players in NC is unmatched, it really is testament to the club and high school coaches we have, and the dedication these young ladies have to perfect their craft,” said Gregg George, NC Clash of the Carolinas Coordinator. “What I am most impressed with is the way the ladies carried themselves throughout the weekend. Pure class from the entire group. I will definitely be following their careers going forward.”
Eveleen Hahn of Charlotte Catholic tallied North Carolina’s only goal of the girls’ match when she knocked home a double-assist from Heritage’s Hayley Boyles and Providence Day’s Marissa Hart in the 59th minute past South Carolina goalkeeper Lauren Riehm of Dutch Fork, who collected five saves on 18 Tar Heel shots.
Each side attempted four corner kicks as the Tar Heels improved its lead in the series to 10-1-2 with its fourth consecutive victory. The Sandlappers only victory came in 2008. Hart earned Most Valuable Player honors for N.C., and Lindsay White of J.L. Mann collected those accolades for S.C.
The Clash, which has been staged every summer since 2007, is the only interstate all-star prep soccer event of its kind nationally and recognizes 72 graduated seniors and eight coaches. The matches are co-hosted by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association and the South Carolina High School Soccer Coaches Association.