Soccer - Varsity Girls
Graham West - Head Coach | EMAIL
Coach West is originally from Toronto, Canada and has resided with his wife and two children in Charlotte, NC since 1993 when he joined staff with the Charlotte Eagles Soccer Club sports ministry where he serves as the International Training Director. He has played soccer at various levels for 45 years, including five seasons with the Charlotte Eagles’ pro team and the Fort Wayne Flames professional indoor team. West has been coaching for 30 years at youth, college and pro levels and he continues to train teams and coach locally and internationally in sports ministry. He has been on staff with CDS since 2013 and has enjoyed coaching both boys’ and girls’ JV and Varsity teams.
Mark Steffens - Assistant Coach
LIONS BEYOND CDS
Brittany Gahan '07 (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Emily Bullard '08 (N.C. State University)
Crystal Miller '08 (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Jessica Schwertner '08 (Catawba College)
Katy Foltz '09 (Wheaton College)
Katie Weigel '09 (Coastal Carolina University)
Rachel Blong '12 (Mars Hill College)
Skylar Ulry '14 (Messiah College)
Maddie Coggins ’17 (Palm Beach Atlantic University)
Alina McCue ’17 (Mercer University)
Rachel Peterson ’17 (Montreat College)
Elizabeth Ashley '17 (Wheaton College)
Natalie Shires '18 (Warren Wilson College)
Soccer - Varsity Girls
Game Recap 4/9/2019 vs Cannon School
The Varsity Lions hosted the Cougars of Cannon School for a Tuesday night matchup. The visiting team opened up the scoring with a ball that came in from the right side into the middle of the box and was finished with a one-touch strike. The Lions came back with a ball won in the midfield that Katherine Ashley, who chipped over the keeper. Later, Ashley played a through-ball to Sedona Dancu who beat the keeper to the ball and then scored with a shot into the side netting from the end line. The Lions took a 2-1 lead into the halftime break, and came out firing in the second. Dancu netted two more goals, and Ashley added a final goal with a shot from 35 yards out that sailed out of reach of the Cougars' keeper. Our Lions posted a decisive win, 6-2. The team will be in action again Thursday at Providence Day.
Game Recap 4/4/2019 vs Charlotte Country Day
Our Varsity girls took on the Bucs of CCDS on Thursday at Warner Park. Despite the intense efforts by Viktoria McCue, the Lions struggled to defend against the Bucs' offense who ran up a 3 point advantage. Our girls got on the scoreboard when Katherine Ashley played a ball over the top to Emma Kruger, who slotted it across to Sedona Dancu on a back post run. The Lions had one more good shot on goal late in the game that was saved by the Bucs' keeper, missing the goal by inches. Next up for the Lions is another home game, as they host Cannon School on 4/9 at 7:00 pm.
Game Recap 4/2/2019 vs Charlotte Christian
The Lions played a conference match at Charlotte Christian on Tuesday, 4/2. Our girls scored first, when Sedona Dancu buried a ball from Katherine Ashley in the upper 90, only nine minutes into the match. Two minutes later, Ashley took a shot on goal that was deflected, and Emma Kruger finished it to put the Lions up, 2-0. Unfortunately, our defense had a momentary lapse and gave up a goal that rolled through, and into the net, allowing Christian to keep the score close. Ashley continued her excellent play as she passed a ball out of the midfield to Dancu, who crossed it to Kate Rau on the back post, who slotted it into the goal. The Knights responded thirty seconds later off a set-piece on the back post, to narrow the gap heading into halftime. To start the second half, Anna Koulovatos took over in goal for the Lions. She was forced into action shortly after the 2nd half began, when she saved an attempt by the Knights that shot off the post and subsequently scored. With the score tied throughout much of the second half, overtime was looming.Momentum shifted, and the Lions' Hadley Richardson played a ball over the top to Dancu, who beat the defense and shot over the keeper to propel the team to victory with just 7 seconds left on the clock.
Game Recap 3/30/2019 vs Asheville School
The team headed up to Asheville on Mar. 30th for a Saturday game against the Blues of Asheville School. The Lions got their first goal of the game when Katherine Ashley played a ball in to Maddie Burns, who finished inside the six. The Blues rallied back and scored off a corner inside the box that was volleyed into the net, and then went ahead with a goal scored off a rebounded save by our keeper. In the second half, Katherine Ashley served up a corner kick that was deflected right in front of the goal. Sedona Dancu held off a defender and headed the ball right off the bottom of the cross bar and into the goal to give the Lions an equalizer. The game rolled into two, scoreless overtime periods and then the penalty kick phase, where the Lions sealed the victory. Next up for the Lions is an away match at Charlotte Christian on Tuesday, April 2, at 6:00 p.m.
Game Recap 3/14/2019 vs Wesleyan Christian
Our Varsity Lions traveled to Wesleyan Christian on Thursday, 3/14 for a 5:30 game with the WCA Trojans. The first half of play was a back-and-forth battle, with the Lions' defense consistently holding off Wesleyan's attack. Midway through the second half, the Trojans got behind our defense and crossed a ball in front of the goal, that was put away by their attacker. Our Lions showed great tenacity as they began to create more offensive chances and looked to even the score. Late in the half, Katherine Ashley crossed a ball into the center of the box to Sedona Dancu who settled the ball and struck a shot under pressure that beat the keeper to send the game into overtime. In the golden goal overtime period, the Trojans scored the winning goal just 40 seconds in, with a runner out of the midfield. After spring break, the Lions will host Charlotte Latin on 3/26 for their first conference home game of the season.
Game Recap 3/8/2019 vs Metrolina
The Lions hosted Metrolina on a rainy Friday evening in their home opener at Warner Park. The field conditions were soggy, but that didn't keep our girls from dominating their opponent. Sedona Dancu started the scoring onslaught with a goal from the middle of the box early in the 1st half, off an assist by Katherine Ashley. Minutes later, Dancu scored again with a scrappy goal on the near post while rebounding her own shot. Ashley and Dancu combined for another goal, as Ashley scored off an assist by Dancu. Tatum Goodling scored her first varsity goal when Hadley Richardson made a beautiful pass down the outside right of the field and Goodling beat her mark on the right flank, finishing with a shot to the side netting on the back post. Dancu also scored again when she won a ball in the offensive third, beat a player off the dribble, and buried the ball in the goal to end the first half of play.
Metrolina tried to fight back in the second half, as they found their way behind our defense and scored by slipping the ball past our keeper to gain back a goal. The Lions remained steady against the Warriors and tightened up their defense while keeping their offense firing away. Emma Kruger scored her first goal of the season on a beautiful, curved through-ball from Grace Kepper that beat three defenders. Kruger finished with a rocket to the side netting just inside the back post. Goodling took a rip from outside the box on a shot that had plenty of movement. Metrolina's keeper made the save, but Katherine Ashley followed the shot and smashed the ball home from the six. Liv Coggins and Richardson both played outstanding games out of the midfield, Anna Koulovatos closed out the first half unscored upon, and Dancu finished with a hat trick as the Lions secured a 7-1 victory over the Warriors of Metrolina Christian.
The Varsity Lions will travel to Wesleyan Christian for their next game, Thursday, 3/14 at 5:30 p.m.
Game Recap 3/7/2019 vs Graystone Day School
In the Queen City Showcase tournament hosted by Providence Day, our Lions met up with the Graystone Day School Knights. CDS took the lead in the first half when Sedona Dancu beat a player to the inside and bent a shot over the keeper from just outside the box to give the Lions a 1-0 advantage.
Dancu and Katherine Ashley combined early in the second half with a give-and-go that put Sedona 1v1 against the keeper, to add a goal to the Lions' lead. Later, Ashley made a diagonal run to get behind the defense and received a through ball from Dancu to score the third, decisive point for the win. The Lions defense was also outstanding to earn the first shutout of the season. Jackie Haynes played a great game at sweeper, keeping Gray Stone from even possessing the ball in the offensive third for most of the game.
The Lions will play their home-opener on Friday, March 8th, as they host Metrolina at 7:00 pm at Warner Park.
Game Recap 2/28/2019 vs Carmel Christian
The Varsity Lions traveled to the Matthews Sportsplex to take on the Cougars of Carmel Christian for their first game of the season. Our Lions committed a foul in the box that gave Carmel an early lead after they buried their PK in the net. Midway through the first half, Katherine Ashley found Sedona Dancu on a through-ball that Sedona slotted past Carmel's keeper to give the Lions an equalizer before the halftime break.
In the second half, the Lions out-possessed and out-shot Carmel by a wide margin, but were not able to break past Carmel's keeper. Unfortunately, the Cougars made the go-ahead goal late in the second half off a ball that we did not clear out of the box to take the final lead of the game.
Midfielders Liv Coggins, Emma Kruger, and Hadley Richardson all had solid games, helping CDS maintain possession for the game. Keeper Tessa Westover made three saves for the Lions. The team will be in action again on March 7th as they face Graystone Day School in a tournament game at Providence Day School.