CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Catholic has wrapped up the Southern Carolinas Conference’s top spot in the girls soccer standings, but Cuthbertson has precariously pulled away from rivals Weddington and Marvin Ridge as the season winds down to its final couple of games.
Cuthbertson (11-5 overall, 9-3 in conference play) is the hottest of the three teams. The Cavs jumped back into the race by playing very well of late, winning nine of their previous 10 games.
The Cavs most recently beat Piedmont 4-1 on April 30, but previously knocked off Monroe 9-0 on April 26 behind five goals from Logan Fink, two scores from Aislinn Plack and solo goals from Abigail Spellings and Maddie Frasco.
Cuthbertson also recently defeated Marvin Ridge with a 2-0 win on April 19 behind goals from Brooke Austen and Spellings.
The Cavs have two games remaining, including the regular season finale against Weddington on May 3 that could decide who takes second place in the league.
Marvin Ridge (10-8, 8-4) most recently fell in a back and forth affair with Weddington, falling 3-2 in overtime.
Delaney McDermott scored both Marvin Ridge goals, but the Mavs lost for the fourth time in their previous eight games.
On April 24, Marvin Ridge shut out Piedmont 4-0 behind a pair of goals from Blake Sutherland and solo scores from Cameron Joffe and Brooke Lavelle.
The Mavs have two games remaining on their schedule including a critical matchup with Charlotte Catholic and another key matchup against Sun Valley.
The Warriors (10-7, 8-4) stayed in contention with their win over Marvin Ridge. Kaelee Van Gundy scored twice and Ashley Ohmstede added the other goal in that win.
Two days earlier, the Warriors scored three times, but fell to Charlotte Catholic (18-1, 12-0) 6-3.
The Warriors blanked Sun Valley 8-0 on April 19 behind three goals and two assists from sophomore Faith Adams.
Weddington has two games remaining on its schedule as well, but has perhaps the toughest road to overtaking second place in the league standings. They will play Piedmont and close the regular season on the road at Cuthbertson.
While none of the Union County teams will be able to take first, the winner of the second-place battle will receive a considerably better seed and likely home-field advantage in the 3A playoffs on May 9.