Team of the Year

Team of the Year: Green Hope girls’ soccer

mblake@newsobserver.comJune 12, 2013 

Twenty-eight wins with no losses or ties. A state championship and a No. 1 national ranking to end the year.

What more could be asked of the Green Hope girls’ soccer team? The answer is: nothing. They’re our Team of the Year.

This year’s group had talent Eight of the players committed to play Division I soccer (and Maura McDonnell committed to Division I cross country).

Alexis Shaffer ended her career with two N.C. Gatorade Player of the Year awards, one N.C. Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year award and one conference player of the year award. Alexis Degler had one NCSCA player of the year and one conference player of the year award.

But more importantly, there was a togetherness about this group that got them through the tough games.

When Shaffer was injured in the second round of the playoffs, her teammates piled on the goals in her absence to win 6-1.

When she missed the next game, they won in a wild sudden-death overtime.

They dominated for long stretches of the year, but at the end of the season the games got closer.

But some late-game dramatics helped them win three games by one goal in their last seven contests.

Though some came close, no one could beat this team, and its 28 straight wins is tied for the second-most in state history.

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