Big Night for Catholic at Charlotte Soccer Gala
Charlotte Catholic students won multiple awards at the 8th annual Charlotte Soccer Gala Friday night at the Project 658 Center.
The recognition started early for the Cougars with Cole Knapp winning Defender of the Year award. The senior won the award playing for his club team, U19 CSA Development Academy. While accepting the award Knapp thanked his coaches, teammates and his parents. “Honestly, as excited as I am about this award, I hope you (his parents) are too because you’re the reason I have it,” said Knapp. He played for the Cougars varsity soccer team as a Sophomore and Junior.
The Cougars men’s team won High School Team of the Year after finishing this past season with a record of 25-1-2. The Cougars only loss of the year was a heartbreaker in overtime in the state championship game. The team went a perfect 14-0 in conference and finished the season ranked third in the state.
Senior Patrick Fenton also received the Male Player of the Year award. He scored 26 goals in 25 games adding 11 assists. He was voted All Conference, All Region and to the 3A All State Team.
Senior goalkeeper Bennett Lowder received a finalist nomination for Goalkeeper of the Year. He posted nine shutouts and only allowed 13 goals in 28 games.
The girls Varsity team was nominated as a finalist for High School Team of the Year after compiling a 16-4-3 record losing in the third round of the playoffs last spring.
Eveleen Hahn ’19 was a finalist for Female Player of the Year. She is the two-time North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year and is currently playing for the University of South Carolina.