Soccer teams around the county finished with successful seasons. South Stokes won the Northwest 1A Conference and finished in the fourth round of the NCHSAA state playoffs. West Stokes came in second in the Western Piedmont Athletic 2A Conference and made it to the second round of the playoffs and North Stokes won three of their last five matchups with Vikings coach, Michael Richardson, who was named Northwest 1A Coach of the Year. The Stokes News along with area high school coaches selected the 2018 soccer all-county team.
West Stokes finished with a 17-6 overall and 10-2 in the WPAC conference. Micha Harris led the Lady Cats with 34 goals and achieved all-conference for a third time, all-region for a second, and all-state for the first time in her career. Senior Allie Hawkins, WPAC defensive runner-up player of the year, helped the Wildcats record 17 shutouts and earned all-conference and all-region for a second consecutive year. Nominated all-conference and all-region for the first time, Anna Bates tallied 29 goals, while defensive players Tiril Olsen, Abby Walker, Lizzy Luzzi, Hannah Spainhour, and Emma Santoro were named all-county. Luzzi logged 10 shutouts in conference play as goalie.
South Stokes earned their third conference championship since the school opened in 1964. The Lady Sauras finished the season 14-6 and 7-1 in Northwest 1A. Freshman Evan O’Leary broke a school record in points and made 25 goals, 27 assists and was named all-conference. Junior Madison Green also earned all-conference and scored 27 points, the most this season. Five defensive players made the all-conference and all-county selection: Lilly Weaver, Riley Kiser, Hannah Fischer, Mary Weaver, and goalie Summer Coats. South Stokes finished with eight shutouts this season and Coats contributed 135 saves.
North Stokes only scored 25 goals this season, but all-conference players Karley Jessup and Kaitlyn Johnson earned half of them. Honorable mention, Addie Bryant recorded multiple saves which included her first 6-0 shutout of the season over Walkertown. Defensive player Morgan Cone also earned honorable mention.
North Stokes will look to rebuild their team after losing seven seniors and South and West Stokes are expected to return the core of their players.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.