Tuesday, July 1, 2014
With her coach by her side, Sara Goodwin capped her high school soccer career with an all-star victory.
Goodwin, a leader for the Ashley Ridge girls’ soccer team the past few seasons, helped the South Girls to a 3-1 victory Saturday during the North-South Soccer Classic held at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island. The Lady Swamp Fox forward was one of only 19 players from the lower part of the state to be selected for the South Girls’ all-star team, which took on 19 all-stars from the northern part of the state during the match. Only players who were seniors during the 2013-14 school year were eligible for the game but the all-stars came from all athletic divisions, A through AAAA.
Goodwin, who doesn’t plan to play college soccer, said playing with and against the other all-stars was a great experience.
“I was really nervous but once we got out there it was exciting to just have a really hard competition,” Goodwin said. “It’s a bit sad but it was fun and I’m happy about being able to go out with a win.”
Ashley Ridge coach Mark Weaver had the honor of serving as the assistant coach for the South All-star team. He and head coach Keith Morris of Airport High provided guidance for the all-stars during the event.
After neither team found the net in the first half, the South took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Bishop England’s Julia Shahid in the 49th minute.
Goodwin sent off another shot on goal a few minutes later, but it was defended. Then in the 52nd minute, Goodwin found the net on her second shot with an assist from Shahid. “Julia came down on the side and crossed it over and I hit it with my stomach and finished off with my foot,” Goodwin said.
The 2-0 lead held until the North got on the scoreboard with a goal from Eastside’s Briana Hunter in the 65th minute.
Dutch Fork’s Madison Salters put the South up 3-1 with a goal in the 75th minute.
Shahid was named the South MVP for the match. Boiling Spring goalkeeper Savannah Humphries was named the North MVP.
Now Goodwin will turn her focus to her studies. In the fall, she will begin nursing school at the University of South Carolina.