Five Jacksonville-area players named all-state girls soccer in 2022

Five area players, including two repeat recipients, were named to the NC Soccer Coaches Association All-State teams as voted on by the coaches.

Seniors Cora Taylor of Croatan and Mercy Bell of White Oak were named to the 3-A team, marking the second consecutive year they made all-state. Croatan senior Gentry Straub and Jacksonville sophomore Landyn Wessels also made the 3-A team while Southwest sophomore Taylor Carper made the 2-A team.

Here is a look at how these players did this season:

Bell rings loudly again

White Oak's Mercy Bell.

Bell, a forward, finished with 25 goals and four assists for young White Oak that ended 4-16 overall.

Bell being heard:White Oak’s Mercy Bell is still ringing in the goals despite limited time

She had four goals and two assists in an 8-1 victory over East Duplin on March 29 and three goals and one assist in a 5-2 win over the Panthers on March 16. Bell also scored two goals seven times.

Last year, she had 22 goals and six assists in 11 matches.

Cougars’ Cora stands out

Croatan's Cora Taylor.

Taylor, a midfielder, ended with 15 goals and four assists to help lead Croatan to a 14-5-2 overall record, a 9-0-1 Coastal 3-A Conference mark and a trip to the NCHSAA East Regional final. It was the Cougars’ first regional final since 2014.

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She had three goals and an assist in an 8-0 victory over Havelock on March 19, another hat trick in a 10-1 win over White Oak on April 29 and two goals in a 3-2 victory over Richlands on April 7. Taylor also had goals in seven other matches.

Croatan's Gentry Straub.

She has been one of the Cougars’ most reliable scorers, having recorded seven goals and 11 assists last year and eight goals and eight assists as a sophomore.

Straub strikes the goal

Straub, a forward, led the Cougars in scoring with 16 goals and eight assists.

She had a hat trick in a 4-0 victory over West Carteret on May 5, had two other two-goal efforts and three games where she had a goal and an assist. She scored one goal six other times.

Wessels the ace Card

Jacksonville's Landyn Wessels.

Wessels, a forward, had 15 goals and eight assists to help lead Jacksonville to a 14-5-1 overall record and a 9-1 showing in the Big Carolina 3-A / 4-A Conference, good enough for the Cardinals’ sixth consecutive conference title. The Cardinals advanced to the third round of the playoffs.

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She had three goals and three assists in an 8-1 win over JH, Rose on May 10, another hat trick in a 5-0 victory over DH Conley on March 15 and she scored twice in a 4-0 win over Northside on March 22. Wessels also scored in seven other games.

Carper helps carry Stallions

Southwest's Taylor Carper.

Carper, a forward, led the area in scoring with 57 goals and 16 assists to help Southwest go 14-5-2 overall, 8-2 in the East Central 2-A Conference and advance to the second round of the playoffs.

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She had seven goals and one assist in a 9-1 victory over North Lenoir on May 10, six goals and one assist in an 8-0 win over Pender on April 20 and five goals and three assists in an 8-0 win over James Kenan on April 8. Carper also had one other six-goal effort, one other five-goal game and three four-goal matches.

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