Charlotte Independence launches soccer club
CHARLOTTE – The Charlotte Independence has formed what it describes as one of the 10 largest, youth-to-professional clubs in the United States.
The Charlotte Independence Soccer Club, which has close to 12,000 members, was formed from the Carolina Rapids, Discoveries and Lake Norman soccer clubs.
The club allows for pooled resources from all clubs, which elevates programming, increases coach development and strengthens partnerships with local municipalities and sponsors.
“Being able to merge assets allows us to move the game forward in this city,” club CEO Thomas Finlay said. “Collectively, our aim is to advance the player and fan experience at all levels of the club.”
NCHSAA honors Indy football
MONROE – The NCHSAA announced eight winners of the Commissioner’s Cup for community service in the 2018-19 school year, including the Independence football team.
Schools had to identify a community need, plan a service project and submit a one-minute video explaining the project.
Winners received a $1,000 stipend for their team or school athletic program.
The Independence football team implemented “Victory Day,” a day of education, inspiration and fun on the football field for extension program students at Independence and Mint Hill Middle School.
The players invited 38 individuals with cognitive disabilities with a full “game-day experience” Each participant got to play football, cheer with the cheer squad or march with the band in front of their loved ones.
Marie Matthews sponsored the team.
Cougars girls soccer takes two of three goals
MATTHEWS – The Carmel Christian girls soccer team got back in the win column with a 2-1 victory over Coastal Christian after an up-and-down start to the month.
The Cougars opened April with a 6-0 win over Queens Grant. Claire Crocker scored twice, Taira Hall, Aunna Johnson, Katelyn Lovan and Kaylee Rochon all scored solo goals. Dana DeSilva added a pair of assists.
Sophie Schwartz went most of the way in goal and recorded five assists, but fellow sophomore Annaliese Smith combined on the shutout.
Then the Cougars offense couldn’t get going in front of Schwartz, who made 11 saves, in a 6-0 loss to Hickory Grove Christian.
Most recently, the Cougars were able to get back on track with the 2-1 road win on April 12.
Crocker scored both of the goals while Schwartz and defense pitched a first half shutout and held on for the win.
Stallion soccer showing positive signs
MINT HILL – Playing without one of its best players this season, the Queens Grant soccer team knew it was going to take some lumps, especially in the PAC 7 Conference, which is one of the toughest 1A leagues.
With Hayden Pacheco injured, the Stallions went just 1-9 through their first 10 games. But as the calendar turned to to April, the Stallions began to heat up.
Senior Kelly Bridges carded a hat trick while sophomore Remmi Carlton assisted on a pair of strikes, pushing the Stallions past Grace Academy 3-2 on April 2.
Six days later, the Stallions got past Langtree Charter 5-0 to win their second straight game. Bridges scored twice, Grace Uko, Caitlyn Hamm and Quinn Smith scored while Carlton again had a pair of assists.
The defense was great, and Katryna Nickels recorded her first shutout of the season in goal.
The Stallions did get mercy-ruled by state powers Community School of Davidson and Christ the King, but have three games remaining including a winnable one in a rematch with Langtree Charter on May 1 to close the regular season.