There weren’t many 1A conferences as tough as the Northwest was this spring in the sport of girls’ soccer.
The league sent two teams to the quarterfinals of the NCHSAA state playoffs, including a perennial private school powerhouse and the lone traditional school in the West to make it that far. Nearly lost in all of that was the fact that Mount Airy won 15 matches in its own right and advanced to the second round of the playoffs before running into eventual state champion Community School of Davidson.
The Lady Bears, who finished 15-8-1 on the year and 6-4 in conference play, still cut quite niche for themselves when it came to the All-Conference team. Five members of the team were named both All-Conference and All-Region, and two others were named honorable mention All-Conference.
Jessica Bevard, Allie Secrist, Kora Ledezma, Baylee Greenwood and Nele Görres all made the all-NW1A team for 2017, despite heavy competition from the standouts at league champ Bishop McGuinness and runner-up East Surry. In addition, Greenwood won the balloting for Player of the Year in her sophomore campaign.
Greenwood made the national press during a goal-scoring spree she enjoyed at midseason. Between March 10 and March 29, she played in five matches and scored 22 goals. She was named as the North Carolina Player of the Week for March 21-28 by the National Soccer Coaches Association. Sixteen of the goals, along with three assists, came in the three matches she played that week.
She scored 66 goals and had 16 assists for the season, and has 85 goals for her career. The 66 goals were second in the state to Isabel Pearce of Woods Charter, and her total of 148 points was third in the state, behind Pearce and Caleigh MacKinnon of Union Academy. As such, Greenwood led all traditional school players in both categories. She also had 110 steals even though she played almost exclusively on the front line.
“She is a captain who scored 66 goals, had 16 assists and over 100 steals,” said head coach Will Hurley in naming her the team’s Player of the Year. “What a great year. She is a great team player and a great student-athlete.”
Bevard, who was second on the team with 20 goals, and Görres, right behind her with 19, also received All-Conference nods. Görres, an exchange student from Spain, had 28 assists to lead the team and was actually second on the Lady Bears with 66 points. Sechrist and Malone tied with 15 goals, followed by Ledezma with seven.
Ledezma spent time both in the front and back of the Mount Airy alignment and played well in both, amassing 25 points and 117 steals. Rose, a freshman, led the team with 187 steals.
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