Hoggard girls soccer falls in 4A East final

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The 4A East final continues to be unkind to the Hoggard girls soccer team.

For the third time in five years, the Vikings fell one game short of the a berth in the state championship. Sophomore Mackenzie Libscomb scored in the 94th minute to give No. 3 Heritage to a 1-0 victory over top-seeded Hoggard on Tuesday night at Scott Braswell Stadium.

“The girls did everything that was asked of them tonight,” Hoggard coach Justin Schatz said. “They worked hard and they were committed to each other.”

Hoggard finished the season with a 24-3 record. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

Neither team could capitalize on its opportunities in the 80 minutes of regulation or the first 10-minute overtime period. Finally, the Huskies (20-3) were able to find the back of the net midway though the second 10-minute session to reach the state championship for the first time in program history.

The loss capped another tremendous season for the Vikings (24-3), who went unbeaten in Mideastern Conference play and outscored their opponents 128-9.

“This one game doesn’t define our season,” Schatz said. “It’s a tough loss, but we had a lot of success this year and that’s what we’re going to focus on.”

Hoggard graduates four talented seniors – Blair Barefoot, Harris Barr, Ellison Louthan and Erin Willis – who were instrumental to the success of the season.

Hoggard goalkeeper Blair Barefoot finished with nine saves. [Tim Hower/Coastal Preps]

“All four of them were incredible leaders to the younger girls,” Schatz said. “They made coming to practices and games fun.”

Like she’s been for her entire career, Barefoot was phenomenal in goal on Tuesday. She stopped a pair of 1-on-1 opportunities midway through the opening half and turned away another in the first overtime session. The senior finished with nine saves.

“There will be another goalie, but there won’t be another Blair,” Schatz said. “She kept us in every game and she was successful every season. A lot of Hoggard’s success is because of Blair Barefoot.”

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