Everything is starting to come second-nature to the first-place soccer team in the Mountain Athletic Conference’s 4-A division.
“It really has gotten to that point,” Reynolds senior midfielder Megan Cavagnini said. “It’s been a fun season, and our entire team has put a lot of effort into it. We’re definitely more confident in each other.”
Reynolds (18-1-2, 9-0-1) had to overhaul its roster after graduating seven starters from 2012, but the Rockets enter the final week of the regular season with a 12-game winning streak and No. 10 ranking in the latest N.C. Soccer Coaches Association NCHSAA 4-A poll.
Sophomore Megan McCallister has solidified her status as one of Western North Carolina’s top goal-scorers. She has a team-high 30, to go along with 17 assists.
Other leading scorers are Zoe Lewis (17 goals, four assists), Karissa Grooms (seven goals, 10 assists), Nina Stapleton (six goals, nine assists), Ashlyn Perkins (four goals, three assists), Breona Tate (six goals, three assists) and Christina Shimshock (three goals, four assists).
Goalkeepers Dallas Warren (four) and Halee Wright (two) have combined to post six shutouts, including Friday’s 9-0 home win over the visiting HGA Lions (Tenn.) home-schooled team.
The Rockets travel to McDowell today and then return home Wednesday for a game against Roberson (16-1-1, 9-1-0) that will likely determine the Mountain Athletic Conference 4-A championship.
The Rams are No. 11 in the NCSCA 4-A rankings and lost to Reynolds, 2-1, on April 8.
“It’s an exciting time,” McCallister said. “This is the time of the year when your legs are tired and everybody is worn out. But then the excitement takes over and (the fatigue) all goes away.”
Warlassies piling up shutouts
Lots of things have occurred since March 4.
Owen’s girls soccer team giving up a goal is not one of them.
Wednesday’s 0-0 tie at Hendersonville was the 14th straight shutout for the Warlassies (13-1-2, 9-0-2), whose starting goalkeeper is Jordan Devan (71 saves, 14 shutouts).
Backup Cammy Holt has one shutout.
Owen is No. 13 in this week’s 2-A state rankings with an offense powered by Nessi Pommeranz (16 goals, six assists), Sarah Gilmour (13 goals, five assists), Britnee Roland (six goals) and Megan Powell (five goals, five assists).
Owen continues Western Highlands Conference play tonight at Polk County.