GREENSBORO — What else could Tyler Hawley and Josh Kennedy have done Tuesday night at the N.C. Coaches Association East-West boys soccer all-star game but have gone out with a win?
As juniors, the two contributed to a state-championship run by Green Hope, and as seniors they led another one.
Losing to teams from the West is just not something they did, and they officially ended their high school careers with a 2-1 East victory on the campus of UNC-Greensboro.
Its the same old, same old, Kennedy said with a laugh.
The game was Triangle-dominated. Nine starters hailed from Wake, Johnston, Durham and Franklin counties; two of them scored goals, and Franklinton goalkeeper Jared Miller was named MVP after his electrifying saves, including a penalty kick.
Both Hawley, a defender, and Kennedy, a forward, got the start, as did midfielder Kye Rhode of Cardinal Gibbons.
Rhode had a volley go off the post in the first half.
Kennedy helped apply pressure to the West backs.
Meanwhile, Hawley was rock solid in the back for the East, blocking at least one shot on goal.
A goal by Jason Andrejchak (Concord Robinson) put the West up 1-0 in the 25th minute, but the East equalized when Sandersons Connor Francis and Heritages Gage Novaria worked a give-and-go in the box.
The nifty play between former Cap-8 4A Conference foes ended with Novarias 39th-minute goal and Francis assist.
The East went up 2-1 after Owen Ryan of Durham School of the Arts gathered the ball off a corner scrum and fired in a shot.
He gave Kennedy the credit.
Usually Im more of an assist man, but I got on the end of a pretty good cross by Josh Kennedy, Ryan said. He jumped up really high and blocked the goalies view.
The East leads the all-time boys series 10-8-4.
Neither Hawley nor Kennedy will play in college at least not right away.
Hawley will attend UNC-Wilmington and Kennedy will go to N.C. State. Both will play on the schools club teams, with hopes of eventually walking on.
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