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Edenton's Jessica Copeland named to NCSCA girls' soccer all-state team

Senior led Aces in points this season

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John A. Holmes' Jessica Copeland (left) scored 18 goals during the 2019 girls' soccer season.


From staff reports

Thursday, June 6, 2019

A player from the John A. Holmes girls' soccer team was recognized by the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association.

Jessica Copeland, a senior, was named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association all-state team for Class 1A public schools.

Copeland, who played center midfield for the Aces, scored 18 goals with 13 assists this spring.

“I have played soccer my whole life; my childhood was filled with travel games and tournaments. Making the All-State Team is a great way to end my soccer career,” Copeland said in a statement. “I feel so honored, grateful, and excited that I have achieved this. I feel that all the hard work and dedication I have put in to the sport of soccer has paid off in a wonderful way and I honestly could not be happier. I just want to thank all my coaches and teammates over the years for all the support, help and good times I’ve had playing soccer.”

Edenton advanced to the first round of the NCHSAA Class 1A state playoffs during the 2019 season.

Copeland was also selected to the NCSCA Region 3 all-region team.

She was joined on the region team by teammates Anna Bass (goalkeeper), Malorie Gonzalez (center midfielder) and Elizabeth Manning (center back defender).

Perquimans striker/goalkeeper Karen Ocampo, midfielder Kelsey Perry and defender Sandra Rennie were selected to the Region 3 team.

Manteo striker Camryn Creef, goalkeeper Courtney Daniels, midfielder Libby Robertson and striker Keylin Zavala were picked to the Region 3 team.

Copeland was the only player from Region 3 that was picked to the all-state team.

First Flight midfielders Lauren Montgomery and Emma Byard were named to the Class 2A public schools all-state team.

Montgomery and Byard were both selected to the Class 2A public schools Region 3 team with teammates Nicole York, Maggie McNinch, Ava O'Neill and Megan Limbacher.

Member schools of the NCSCA can nominate players for all-state and region teams.


Matthew Spruill of Elizabeth City finished tied for sixth place at the 59th North Carolina Amateur Championship Sectional Qualifying at The Golf Club at Chapel Ridge in Pittsboro Tuesday.

Spruill shot 3-over-par 75 during the round.

According to the Carolinas Golf Association, the cut line fell at 4-over par, 76.

Ten players advanced to the 59th North Carolina Amateur Championship that will be played at Gaston Country Club in Gastonia.

Jack Fitzgerald of Wilmington finished in first with a 3-under-par 69 round.