CARDELLE GOAL LIFTS SALISBURY TO VICTORY IN NCHSAA 2-A MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
RALEIGH – Senior midfielder Bobby Cardelle knocked in the game-winning goal in the 48th minute to lift Salisbury to a 2-1 victory over Kill Devil Hills First Flight in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A men’s soccer championship at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University on Saturday night.
Cardelle, who scored his 45th goal of the season and also had an assist in the championship, was named Most Valuable Player of the match. The Hornet victory ended First Flight’s dream of an unbeaten season as the Knighthawks finished 23-1.
The first half ended deadlocked at 1-1. First Flight opened the scoring in the 12th minute on a unique goal by junior midfielder Jay Cueva, who was being shielded from the ball by a defender but was able to poke it through for a 1-0 lead. Salisbury countered in the 33rd minute when Emmy Turcios tallied his 25th goal of the year off an assist from Cardelle.
Salisbury’s stout defensive effort kept the high-powered Nighthawk offense at bay for most of the night.
The Hornets had 11 shots, four on goal, to 12 for First Flight, three of which were on goal. First Flight had five corner kick opportunities to two for Salisbury.
Salisbury was in the championship match for the second time in three years, as the Hornets beat Carrboro in overtime to win the 2011 2-A crown. The Hornets ended the season on a 25-match winning streak and wound up 27-1 overall.
First Flight participated in its first NCHSAA men’s soccer final.
The Raleigh Sports Consortium served as a host city sponsor for this championship, along with the city of Raleigh and the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2013 STATE MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dail Soccer Field, Raleigh
Kill Devil Hills First Flight 1 0 -- 1 Salisbury 1 1 -- 2 SCORING 12th minute FF—Jay Cueva 33rd minute S—Emmy Turcios (Bobby Cardelle) 48th minute S—Bobby Cardelle (Clint Comadoll)