Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Charlotte Latin soccer earns beach trip

The Charlotte Latin girls' soccer team is headed to the beach. This season, the Hawks have earned their annual trip to Wilmington for a weekend of team bonding and a matchup with New Hanover tonight (Friday), going a perfect 11-0, including 4-0 in the CISAA.

The two-time defending state champions (Latin), No. 1 in the state, has outscored their opponents 56-5, having only been scored on in four games despite several key injuries.

All-state senior forwards McCallie Jones and McKay Kirkland have fought off injuries for most of the year. Jones, who has committed to College of Charleston, had a shoulder injury then returned for four games before getting mononucleosis. Jones should be back in a week. Kirkland, committed to Kentucky, returned recently after ankle problems early in the year.

Senior goalkeeper Kristin Horton has been huge allowing only one goal (against St. Joseph's) on a header off a corner kick. Horton, who will play for Liberty next season, also has two goals and four assists on free kicks.

While Jones and Kirkland fought injuries, freshman Ashley Finke has emerged as the team's top scorer with 14 goals, while sophomore Mia Kane has also been big.

Along the way head coach, Lee Horton, won his 800th game (2-0 win over St. Mary's in Raleigh tournament) in his 25th campaign as the Latin soccer coach. Horton, 807-237-102 in his career, says this group of seniors, could be the best.

The senior class, which includes seven starters, is 60-8-7 overall and 23-0-1 in CISAA play in their time at Latin.

-- Special Correspondent Jay Edwards