Becker, Moss lead Red Devils to West Region finals

The Newton-Conover girls soccer program hadn't been to the fourth round of the playoffs or even won a conference championship until last season.

After Saturday, the Lady Red Devils can say they've gone further than any team in program history.

Behind a first-half goal from Chaniece Moss and a late second-half netter from Madelyn Becker, Newton-Conover defeated Parkwood 2-1 in the fourth round of the 2A playoffs at Gurley Stadium.

The Lady Red Devils, who improve to 19-3 overall on the season, travel to West Stokes (23-2-1) for the 2A West Region final on Tuesday.

The Newton-Conover/West Stokes winner faces the Washington (21-2) or Croatan (17-3-3) in the 2A state championship game next Saturday at the Dail Soccer Stadium on the campus of N.C. State in Raleigh.

To read more of this story, pick up the Tuesday edition of Catawba County's community newspaper, The Observer News Enterprise, at newsstands throughout the county.