Area soccer standouts earn all-state
Three area soccer players — Westchester Country Day’s Meghan Ingram, Bishop McGuinness’ Samantha Walsh and Ragsdale’s Keller Dixon — have been selected for all-state awards, following the end of this spring’s soccer season.
Ingram, a senior sweeper for the Wildcats, was named for the NCISAA 2A All-State team. Dixon, a junior goalkeeper, was selected to the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association 4A public school team, while Walsh, a sophomore midfielder, was named for the NCSCA 1A public school team.
Taking a leadership role on a very young team, Ingram was involved in eight of the team’s 10 goals this season (five goals, three assists) from a defensive position. She also played a key role for Westchester on defense, highlighted in a 1-1 tie against Caldwell Academy — the first time it hadn’t lost to the state power in over eight seasons.
Dixon anchored a stout defense for the Tigers, who went 18-3-2 and broke through to reach the third round of the NCHSAA 4A state playoffs for the first time since moving up. Keyed by her height and her determination in goal, she helped Ragsdale, which finished the year ranked No. 11 in the NCHSAA 4A, record nine shutouts and six one-goal wins this season.
Walsh scored 26 goals and dished seven assists for the Villains, which finished the season ranked No. 7 in the NCHSAA 1A. She helped Bishop go 12-5-2 overall and reach the second round of the 1A state playoffs.
Eighteen players were selected to the NCISAA 2A team, while 12 were chosen for the NCSCA 1A team and 37 were selected for the 4A team.