Carolina Day’s Girls Soccer Advances to State Championship Game for the First Time Since 2004
Carolina Day School defeated Hickory Grove Christian Academy 2-1 on Tuesday in the NCISAA 3A semifinals to advance to the girls soccer team’s first championship game since 2004. The Wildcats will travel to Kinston, NC, where they will face off against Arendell Parrott Academy in the state championship game Saturday, May 18, at 7 p.m. If the Wildcats defeat APA, it will be the first girls soccer state title win since 1999.
Tuesday’s game in Charlotte spoke to the Wildcat’s skill and tenacity this season. As underdogs going up against Hickory Grove Christian Academy, the second-seeded team in the NCISAA 3A division, the ‘Cats came out strong and on a mission to get the win. The game started off by Ella Dockendorf ’20 with a goal in the 32nd minute of the first half. A great effort on defense kept the score 1-0 into halftime. Hickory Grove answered back with 15 minutes left in the game with a goal that cleared the outstretched fingertips of the CDS goalkeeper. However, the Wildcats answered back one minute later when Erin Hovendon ’22 scored a goal to bring the ‘Cats up 2-1 with only 13 minutes left in the game. Goalie Ivy Elledge ’21 had an amazing performance with 20 saves at the goal.
Coach Margot Moses said, “When a team comes together like this one has, it is pretty amazing. These girls have worked so hard and it is a privilege to coach them!”
Follow the Wildcats’ chase for the 3A trophy on the NCISAA website. https://www.ncisaa.org/playoff-brackets/?currentyear=1&sport=17