Patrick Obley Staff writer @fo_pmo

Being a coach has never been quite so easy for Andrew McCarthy as it has been this season at Fayetteville Academy.

The Eagles will open the NCISAA Class 2-A girls’ soccer state tournament as a No. 2 overall seed, meaning they will sit back and wait until Saturday to host one of three teams.

“The season’s gone fantastically,” McCarthy said. “We have a great group of girls and my job this year has been the easiest job in the world. I have a fantastic group of seniors and the team has great chemistry.”

The Eagles went 10-0 in conference play en route to a 14-3 overall record. One of the losses came against NCHSAA 3-A power Terry Sanford.

“We’re pleased with where we are at the moment,” he said.

Senior captain Anna Perko has been a difference-maker. Asked to play a slightly different role than years past, Perko responded with a 20-goal, 20-assist campaign. She will be headed to Wofford next season.

“She’s more of an all-around player this year,” McCarthy said. “She has really stepped up in the captaincy role, too, which has been huge. Having a good leader, somebody who can take control of all of the issues, problems, worries and things like that, it makes a huge difference.

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