MISENHEIMER — The East Surry women’s soccer squad season ended on Friday afternoon in Misenheimer with a 2-1 road loss to the No. 5 seeded Gray Stone Knights.
Gray Stone (16-3-2) possessed the ball for much of the first half, getting several shots on goal stopped by East Surry keeper Maggie Collins.
The Knights appeared to take the lead in the 29th minute off an Annie Habeeb corner kick headed into the goal but the referee ruled the ball was knocked in with a handball, nullifying the tally.
Despite the difference in possession, East Surry (13-8) had chances in the first 40 minutes, including one in the 33rd minute when Mary Jo Lowe got the ball on a long run down the right side and shot, only to be stopped by Gray Stone keeper Katie Leckonby.
Knights freshman Christina Gentile put the Knights on the board in the 34th minute on a long shot outside the 18 that found the upper left corner of the goal.
The scored stayed 1-0 through the final six minutes of the first half and deep into the second half before Christina Chavez scored in the 74th minute for the Cardinals.
Gray Stone notched the game-winning goal three minutes later when Habeeb sent a corner kick into the penalty area and Olivia Howard’s header went off an East Surry defender into the net.
One minute later, East Surry had a chance to again tie the match, this time with a penalty kick, but Leckonby made the save.
Gray Stone last reached the 1A regional finals in 2014, losing at the Community School of Davidson, 2-0. They will play either CSD or Bishop McGuinness in the West Regional final next week. Those teams play today in the other West quarterfinal match.
The loss ended a nine-match winning streak for East Surry, which went from 4-7 at mid-season to earning the program’s first-ever berth in the 1A state quarterfinals. The loss ended the careers of East Surry seniors Laura Ruiz, Carley Elliott, Lowe, and Collins. Between then, the four players never missed the state playoffs, winning one Northwest 1A Conference title along the way, and five state playoff games in the past two seasons, each time setting a new school record for the furthest advancement ever by East Surry in postseason play.