Lady Vikings lead All-CFVC soccer team
Union Pines, following its Cape Fear Valley Conference girls soccer title this spring, had a pair of underclassmen earn two of the three league's top individual postseason honors.
Junior midfielder Kooba Richard was named the CFVC's Offensive Player of the Year. Richard totaled 37 goals and 18 assists for the season. Fellow Lady Viking midfielder Abby Verchick, a sophomore, was named Defensive Player of the Year.
Western Harnett's Hannah Pieper earned Goalkeeper of the Year for the confernce.
Five more Lady Vikings made the All-CFVC Team: Elena D'Argenio, Hannah Kiser, Christine Kidd, Samantha Paterson and Ashlee Speck. Union Pines went 17-2-3 overall and 11-0-1 in the CFVC. The Lady Vikings fell in the second round of the state tournament, 2-1 to Williams, on Saturday.
Southern Lee, which fell 4-1 at Williams in the first round of states, had three players make All-CFVC - Kasslynn Ansted, Yusimar Gonzalez and Vicky Monroy.
Monroy, a senior forward/midfielder, leaves the Lady Cavs as a four-time all-conference player and a two-time Player of the Year in the CFVC. She's signed to play at Methodist University starting in the fall.
The Lady Cavaliers (9-8-1), Overhills (12-5-3) and Gray's Creek (10-7-1) were the other CFVC squads to make the state tournament.
Southern Lee senior Dazym Rodriguez, Union Pines' Maddie Walden and Western Harnett's Monica Cuevas were among those on the Sportsmanship Team.
2013 Cape Fear Valley Conference
Kooba Richard, Union Pines - Offensive Player of the Year
Abby Verchick, Union Pines - Defensive Player of the Year
Hannah Pieper, Western Harnett - Goalkeeper of the Year
Kasslynn Ansted - Southern Lee
Vicky Monroy - Southern Lee
Yusimar Gonzalez - Southern Lee
Katie Caylor - Gray's Creek
Kelsey Carpenter - Gray's Creek
Leah Plunkett - Gray's Creek
Elena D'Argenio - Union Pines
Hannah Kiser - Union Pines
Christine Kidd - Union Pines
Samantha Paterson - Union Pines
Ashlee Speck - Union Pines
Rochelle Forbes - Western Harnett
Darinka Gonzalez - Western Harnett
Alyssa Medina - Western Harnett
Abby Gorwill - Westover
Selena Willmann - Westover
Maurissa Wilson - Douglas Byrd
Candace Jordan Russell - Douglas Byrd
Coach of the Year - Elnetta Buck, Douglas Byrd