RALEIGH — The individual accolades keep piling in for a young woman that couldn’t care less about the spotlight.
Mount Airy junior Baylee Greenwood was honored as a member of the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-State Team on Sunday, June 3, at Cardinal Gibbons High School.
“Baylee is that player that every time we play other teams, [they] are keying on her,” said Mount Airy coach Will Hurley. “She still scores, she still steals the ball and manages the middle of the field. She could really play anywhere on the field and be an all-state player in that position.”
As dominant a player as she is, Hurley said her humility makes her extremely coachable and a great asset to the team.
“But the greatest thing about her is she’s a great person and at the end of the day she never complains,” Hurley said. “It’s all about the team.
Greenwood scored 31 of the Bears’ 58 goals this season, assisting on an additional four. What’s more impressive is that she managed that many goals when teams were double and triple teaming her after her incredible 66-goal sophomore campaign. Greenwood has one season left at Mount Airy and already has 116 career goals.
Of the 13 players named to the 1A All-State team, only three players came from traditional high schools. Those were Greenwood, Katelyn Jones of Murphy, and Ashlyn Smoot of Granville Central. Union Academy, the 1A State Champion, had three representatives on the All-State Team. The rest of the field consisted of two players from the state runner-up Franklin Academy, two players from Bishop McGuinness, and one player each from Community School of Davidson, Raleigh Charter, and Gray Stone Day.
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