Determination – this word has been on the minds of our varsity soccer team since the end the 2014 season. After falling short last year in the NCCSA State Semifinals, the FCS Soccer team determined to start the very next day working towards their ultimate goal of winning a state championship. lt started with winning the 2014 consolation game to finish 3rd in the state. From that day on through the spring and summer, the players prepared for the 2015 season.
With 12 returning seniors and several experienced underclassmen, the goal was to play several hard opponents in addition to the rigorous conference schedule to challenge the team. The team enjoyed the challenge and finished the regular season 15-3 and as the number one seed in the East Region.
Coach Ric Nelson challenged the team to remember the team motto – Earn It – during the playoff run. The team moved through the first two rounds outscoring Faith and Vandalia 12-2. Those wins set up a semifinal match against District rival Wilson. The fans were in full support on a beautiful, fall Friday night. The Falcons were led by Tyler Nelson (2G), Will Moy (1G,2A), Andrew Peterson (1G, 1A) and Christian Earp (1A) to a 4-0 shut out of the Chargers. The defense (Austin Yanez, Brandon Soemer, Camden Brochu, Dillon Hughes, Ethan Meng and Austin DeAngelo) remained stout throughout the match and allowed goalie Andrew Garner (2 saves) to post the shut out victory.
The NCCSA AA State Championship was now set: the #1 East Region Seed (Friendship Falcons) vs the #1 West Region Seed (Alamance Warriors). The Falcons had defeated the Warriors in an early season match, but expected a very tough challenge from them. The team was challenged by Coach Nelson to take the next step up the ladder and firmly stand on top of the conference.
Less than a minute into the game, Christian Earp scored off an assist from Will Moy. With the crowd going crazy, the Falcons wanted to take firm control of the match. They did just that with Will, Tyler and Riley Smith all scoring before 20 minutes had come off the clock. Will and Ty would add two more before Alamance would score on a late PK. The Falcons would enter the half up 6-1. Will and Andrew P would add one more goal each early in the second half before Alamance scored a couple late consolation goals for the final score of 8-3.
With the record 19-3 and a 8-3 score over the other number one seed, the FC Falcons have left no doubt – they are the State Champions!!!!!!!
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