N.C. Coaches Association East-West All-Star soccer games
Macpherson Stadium (Bryan Park), Browns Summit
Why the West girls lost
The official shot count was 30-2 in favor of the East and, while not all of the visitors’ shots were dangerous, West goalkeeper Alexis Wolgemuth was uncanny in her ability to get in front of them and not concede rebounds. The Marshall-bound standout was credited with 17 saves and deservedly received the MVP award. Laura Westerbeek (Raleigh Athens Drive) finished a break in the 55th minute for the game’s only goal.
After going down two goals in the opening 16 minutes, the West started its comeback with a breakaway goal by High Point Central alumnus Benny Hernandez in the 36th minute. Andrew Beohler (Concord) tied it for the West when he knocked in the rebound of his own shot in the 44th minute. The West took the lead when Khyenne Ona (Lenoir Hibriten) pounced on a loose ball just outside the box and found the left corner with a low shot in the 65th minute. The East responded less than two minutes later when Brendan Peeples (Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons) bent a free kick into the far corner from just outside the top left of the penalty area.
Then, it was up to Grimsley grad J.T. Shepperson to literally save the day. Shepperson made five saves in the second half — including one with his face — as the West held on for a draw. Shepperson got a call Sunday afternoon to ask if he would fill in for a player who had tested positive for COVID-19 and ended the night as the game's MVP.
Emilia Pirkl (Bishop McGuinness) and Molly Rotunda (Grimsley) played for the West girls, while Matthew Allen (Mount Tabor), Landon Johnson (Grimsley) and Trace Rogers (Southwest Guilford) also played for the West boys.
East 0 1 — 1
West 0 0 — 0
Goal: East – Laura Westerbeek (55’). Assist: East – Maggie Stephens. Shots: East 30, West 2. Saves: East (Chloe Leffler 1), West (Alexis Wolgemuth 17). Corner kicks: East 8, West 0. Fouls: East 7, West 6. Caution: East (Amelia Forster 42’)
East 2 1 — 3
West 1 2 — 3
Goals: East – Aidan Payne (6'), Aidan Morgan (PK '16), Brendan Peeples (67'). West – Benny Hernandez (36'), Andrew Beohler (44'), Kheynne Ona (65'). Assist: East – Ethan Gillette. Shots: East 17, West 16. Saves: East (Noah Kump 8), West (J.T. Shepperson 6). Corner kicks: East 5, West 6. Fouls: East 14, West 10.
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West's Michaela Deas battles for the ball against East's Nina Wilson, left, and Shae Hassig during the 2022 NCCA East-West All-Star Women’s Soccer at Macpherson Stadium in Summit, N.C., on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.
East's Nina Wilson, left, battles for the ball against West's Cambell Vander Haar during the 2022 NCCA East-West All-Star Women’s Soccer at Macpherson Stadium in Summit, N.C., on Tuesday, July 12, 2022.