Arendell Parrott Academy took another step towards winning a state girls' soccer title on Thursday with a 4-0 win over Rocky Mount Academy.

For the third straight year, the Patriots (13-4) find themselves in the quarterfinals. The Patriots have been dominant in their last six games, outscoring opponents 26-0. Opponents have not scored on the Patriots in 518 minutes.

“I couldn’t have done anything without all the other girls in front of me, they did all the dirty work,” sophomore goalkeeper Allie Grant Avery said. “They kept me calm back there, helping me out, letting me know which ones to get, and how to approach it. They’re the reason, we’ve got that many shutouts.”

The Patriots have had 11 shutouts this season. APA has done it with a new defensive line, as Scarlet Combs is the only returning starter from last year’s semi finals defensive unit.

“They trust each other, they’ve been friends forever,” head coach Shivar Person. “As long as we keep communicating, it’s going to be tough for somebody to score on us.”

Person told his team after the game he was proud of them, because the seniors on the team had changed the culture. Last year, he said the crowd stormed the field after the Patriots won in the first round, but today they no longer stormed the field because it’s expected for them to get to the Quarterfinals.

Person says that this senior class has been instrumental in his vision to return APA soccer back to where it needs to be.

“When I first got here, Coach Logan, taught me so much about this game and what the history and tradition of Parrott soccer is all about,” Person said. “When I was fortunate enough to takeover, that was the goal to get back to where it used to be, and we’ve done that. Like we said, it used to be about getting in and being excited, now we’re excited about making it to the quarters and going as far as we can. And this senior class keeps helping this younger crowd achieve dreams and break records that we didn’t know we could do.”

The Patriots now shift their attention to Fayetteville Academy (11-2-1) where they will play Saturday at 6pm. The Eagles beat them a month ago, 2-1, but then got beat by the Patriots on the 25th, 4-0. The Patriots know they can beat them, but also know it’s hard winning on that field.

“We go in like their just another team, that we haven’t played them before,” Combs said. “We know they’re a great team, they have beaten us before a lot, but we’ve proven ourselves this year, and we know can beat any team that we want to. We’re ready for them, even though they’re really good.”

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