Cary, NC – Christ the King dominated play, cruising to a 3-0 victory over Woods Charter in the 1A Women’s Soccer State Championship. The Crusaders dominated play, holding Woods Charter without a shot for the game and fired 19 shots of their own on their way to the program’s first State Championship.
Riley Milligan opened the scoring for Christ the King, netting the first goal of the game in the 32nd minute on a penalty kick. It turned out to be the game-winning goal and Milligan was selected as the game’s Most Valuable Player.
The Crusaders added an insurance goal in the 54th minute as Daniela Evans found the back of the net. Elle Gorman sent a beautiful cross into the box from the right side and Evans won the aerial battle with Woods Charter Keeper, Jana Matthews, heading the ball in the middle of the goal for a 2-0 lead.
Christ the King tacked on another goal in the 67th minute as Matthews made an initial save, one of her 10 saves in the game, but could not hold the rebound. With Matthews down and out after a diving save to her right, Abby Olean cleaned up the loose change, depositing it into the other side of the net for a 3-0 lead.
Woods Charter finished the season 19-1-2, winning the Central Tar Heel 1A with a perfect 8-0-0 record. The Wolves won the program’s first Regional Championship and appeared in their first State Championship Game.
Christ the King wrapped up the year 18-2-0. The Crusaders captured the Catawba Shores Athletic 1A / 2A league championship with an 8-2-0 record. The Crusaders were the Regional Champions for the first time in program history.
The NCHSAA is committed to recognizing and promoting outstanding sportsmanship and has partnered with the NC Farm Bureau to recognize two athletes in each NCHSAA State Championship event with the 2022 NC Farm Bureau Sportsmanship Award. This year’s winners for 1A Women’s Soccer were Chloe Richard from Woods Charter and Daniela Evans from Christ the King.