Published: Nov 14, 2012 12:19 PM
Modified: Nov 15, 2012 06:58 PM
Winning a state championship never gets old.
No, never, East Chapel Hill field hockey coach Susan Taylor said Saturday after her Wildcats completed a perfect season and won their fifth straight North Carolina high school championship. Its felt just as great to win it every year.
Taylor, a former East Chapel Hill player, has been the varsity teams coach for four years. She was the programs junior varsity coach a year before that, so shes been there for each of the last five title games. Saturdays 3-0 victory over longtime rival Winston-Salem R.J. Reynolds for the championship was as good as it gets, she said.
Ive never seen my girls play better or with more intensity, Taylor said. It was awesome.
East Chapel Hill (19-0) won its ninth state championship in 12 years with Saturdays shutout in Winston-Salem the second year in a row that East has blanked the Golden Demons (16-3) in a state final.
Saturday, Sydney Holman assisted on goals by Holly Dew and ninth-grader Caroline Kolk, and then scored the third goal herself. Despite going a player down after a penalty late in the first half, the Wildcats kept Reynolds out of their circle well enough that goalkeeper Grace Hayley needed to save just two shots to preserve Easts second shutout in the N.C. High School Field Hockey Associations final-four tournament.
East shut out Asheville 4-0 in one of Fridays semifinals, getting two goals from Dew and one each from Holman and Rebecca Halter. Holman, Halter and Amanda Demasi each assisted on one goal.
There was some pressure on us, beginning all the way back to August, to keep up the tradition of winning, Holman said. Being a senior, it feels really special to know we won it all every (time), and we get to go out with a championship in our last year. With us going 19-0, I feel really proud of what this team accomplished.
Reynolds (16-3) defeated Carrboro 1-0 in Fridays other semifinal. Carrboro went on to win third place with a 4-2 decision on strokes Saturday against Asheville. A Maddie Smith goal in the first half tied the game at 1-1. Seniors Kira Castle and Claire Miller led a Carrboro defense that shut down Asheville the rest of the way. In the ensuing shootout, the Jaguars Katie Wilson, Alex Grant, Katie Minogue and Maddie Smith all connected on their strokes. Castle stopped two of Ashevilles four strokes to seal the win.
Five Carrboro players and three from Chapel Hill High School joined Holman, Halter, Demasi, Marissa Creatore and Fiona Nelson on the NCHSFHA all-star team announced last week. Carrboros Smith, Minogue, Castle, Alex Grant and Tanner Watson were named to the team, along with Becca Heine, Jane Murray and Becca White from CHHS.