South Charlotte girls’ soccer is on another level. Its players, teams and coaches are at a higher plane, which is why several schools should be poised to make deep postseason runs or even contend for state titles.
The So. Meck 8 is as competitive as it gets from top to bottom. Ardrey Kell (11-3-5, 8-0-3 So. Meck 8) is thriving under coach Kim Montgomery’s direction. The Knights claim a two-game advantage on the top spot in the conference standings. Sophomore midfielder Delaney Teague and freshman midfielder Katie Herrmann share the team lead in scoring with 10 goals apiece.
However, Charlotte Catholic (12-2-3, 6-0-3 So. Meck 8) is right on their heels. Sophomore forward Eveleen Hahn (19 goals) and junior forward Lindsey Poff (13 goals) lead the offense for the Cougars.
Providence isn’t quite the same after losing key pieces to last season’s 25-1-1 state championship squad, but coach Nathan Williams’ girls remain competitive. The Panthers (10-2-3, 8-1-2 So. Meck 8) are still in contention for the conference championship or a share of it, and they certainly have enough talent to make another deep postseason push with captains senior Molly McGarry and junior Mia Thillet leading the way along with a slew of other gifted players.
As usual, South Meck (8-7-1, 5-4-1 So. Meck 8) is playing a difficult schedule, but the Sabres have scrapped their way to stay above .500. Olympic (12-5-1, 5-5-1 So. Meck 8) adds depth to the conference, while Harding (5-9, 2-8 So. Meck 8) and Berry (3-11, 2-8 So. Meck 8) shouldn’t be overlooked. West Meck (3-14, 0-10 So. Meck) is the only winless team in league action.
Myers Park coach Bucky McCarley has another competitive team after winning a share of the Southwestern 4A Conference championship last season. The Mustangs still have two conference games remaining on the schedule, but they have already locked up the Southwestern 4A regular season crown. Myers Park (11-1-2, 10-0 Southwestern 4A) have been nearly perfect thus far, and should make some noise in the playoffs.
Sophomore forward Amanda Stines (13 goals) gives the Mustangs a dynamic scorer, while sophomore midfielder Sallie Parkhurst (10 assists) has emerged as a distributor with the ability to create scoring opportunities for others.
The road to the NCISAA 3A state title usually goes through south Charlotte.
This might be the Chargers’ year. Senior forward Carson Jones, an Elon commit, and her teammates are playing at a championship level. Providence Day (14-2-2, 8-0 CISAA) sits atop the conference standings, while North Carolina commits Mary Elliott McCabe and Claudia Dickey have Latin (13-1-1, 7-1 CISAA only a game behind the Chargers.
McCabe, a junior forward, leads the Hawks’ offensive attack, while Dickey, a junior goal keeper, is among the best at her position. Providence Day won the first meeting of the season between the two teams. The Chargers and Hawks clash at Latin on Tuesday, May 2 at 7 p.m.
Providence Day can win the CISAA outright if it can complete the regular season sweep of the Hawks. However, Latin can secure a share of the league crown with a win over the Chargers. Providence Day can’t afford to overlook Cannon, and Latin can’t fall asleep against Charlotte Country Day before the regular season finale.