Green Hope was crowned as the top 4A girls’ soccer team in the state, named the No. 1 in the nation by EliteSoccerReport.com, and it can now add being No. 1 in the News & Observer area rankings.
Right behind Green Hope were two teams who only had a few losses each: Millbrook and Cardinal Gibbons.
Leesville Road, ranked fourth, had 14 shutouts this season. The Cap-8 Conference had three teams in all, with No. 12 Sanderson joining Leesville and Millbrook.
No. 5 Chapel Hill owns wins against Gibbons and Leesville, but it ended the season by losing three of their last five games.
Sixth-ranked Jordan, co-champ of the PAC-6, made a third-round exit in the 4A playoffs. No. 7 Durham Academy was a semifinalist in the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A playoffs.
The Tri-9 Conference had four teams in all, adding No. 8 Panther Creek, No. 11 Holly Springs and No. 15 Cary.