2018 Gaston Girls Cup Final
Jaguars defeat South Point 3-1 on Saturday at Poston Park
GASTONIA — Forestview High continued its dominance in the Gaston Cup girls soccer tournament with Saturday’s 3-1 championship win over South Point at Poston Park.
Two long floaters by sophomore Leslie Coffey were the difference for the Lady Jaguars, who have won four consecutive Cup titles while improving to 3-0 for the young season.
“The seniors have won it every year,” said Forestview’s first-year coach David McConnell, who has coached the boys’ team at Forestview for three years and now has a starting lineup dominated by freshmen and sophomores. “They’ve swept their time in high school with the championship.”
Coffey’s first score was the only tally of the first half. The midfielder kicked high and deep from the left sideline and managed to get the ball past the Red Raiders’ goalie, who dove just as the ball bounced off the right post and into the net.
South Point tied it early in the second half when Haley Nixon pulled a kick over the heads of several Jaguar defenders and found twine.
The go-ahead score for Forestview came with less than 10 minutes remaining on a driving chipper from senior Reagan Sandford.
The eventual clincher came about five minutes later when Coffey sailed a free kick from roughly 40 yards away. The long ball landed securely in the back of the Raiders net.
“Those kinds of goals, we’ll take them,” McConnell said. “They don’t happen too often with the ball floating in like it does. If you get one, you’re happy. If you get two, you’re really happy, especially in a championship game.”
The cold temperatures let up after a week of high wind, but the cold rain was on-and-off for a short period on Saturday.
“It’s been freezing, but everything else has been great,” McConnell said. “It’s a fun time.”
South Point freshman Brooke Vallemagne was named Most Valuable Offensive Player for the week-long tournament and Forestview senior Hannah Westerman was awarded Most Valuable Defensive Player.
“There was a legacy of winning before I even stepped in,” McConnell added. “Hopefully I can keep it going.”
In earlier games, Mountain Island Charter beat North Gaston 1-2 and Stuart Cramer defeated Lincolnton 4-3 in overtime.
Forestview has a busy schedule coming up with five games in the next nine days, starting with its first conference game on Tuesday at North Gaston, followed by a Thursday rematch with South Point.