STEM — A 3-4-2 record in the 2021 women’s soccer season was enough for Vance Charter to earn the No. 13 seed in the NCHSAA 1A playoffs.

But the Knights’ postseason journey ultimately came to an end after just one contest, as the No. 4 seed, Granville Central, bested them 2-1 in overtime on Monday evening

Granville Central was expected to provide a tough challenge for head coach Johnny Yount and his players. The Panthers entered the game with a 9-2 record thanks to the work of freshman Kailen Craddock and junior Sandra Jimenez, who had 13 and 11 goals on the year respectively.

Despite this, Vance Charter had playmakers of its own, like senior Emma Montgomery, who led the team in scoring, and senior goalkeeper Alyssa Falkner, who averaged 7.1 saves per match during the 2021 campaign.

The two programs were evenly matched on offense and defense through 80 minutes of regulation. Vance Charter and Granville Central each tallied a goal in the first half but failed to carry over that momentum into the second because of the defensive performances on each side.

But Granville Central became the one to gain the upper hand in sudden death, as the Panthers managed to get a shot past Falkner to secure the victory, all while Vance Charter was left dejected as its season came to a close.

While Vance Charter will be losing players like Montgomery, Falkner and others to graduation, they are expected to retain personnel like sophomore Camryn Stancil, who scored the team’s lone goal in the season-ending matchup.