Wando goalkeeper Amelia Henderson didn't realize how big an honor it is to be selected to play in the Clash of the Carolinas until she did a little research.
"I didn't know how big of deal it was, who had played in the game, until I did some research. It's a great honor," said Henderson, who will play in her final high school soccer game Saturday when the top recent graduates in the state of South Carolina battle their counterparts from North Carolina at Blackbaud Stadium on Daniel Island.
If you do a little research on Henderson, you will find she is statistically the stingiest goalkeeper in state history. She allowed only two goals, which is a state record, during the Warriors' 2010 run to the Class AAAA state championship. This spring, she was almost as stingy as she allowed only three goals as the Warriors repeated as state champions.
She will attend Wofford College and makes her final appearance as a prep player when the girls battle at 1 p.m. The South Carolina vs. North Carolina boys game is set for 3 p.m., and the day concludes with a USF Pro American Division clash between the Charleston Battery and Orlando City at 7:30 p.m.
This is the fifth year of the event, which is sponsored by South Carolina Soccer. North Carolina holds a 3-1-0 advantage in girls competition, while South Carolina holds a 1-0-3 mark in boys competition.
Saturday's all-star game will also allow Henderson to play with high school teammate Annie Peeples. Peeples was The Post and Courier's player of the year for 2011. She was the Warriors' top defender, and she and Henderson played on teams that made four appearances in the state title match and came away with three state crowns.
The Warriors were 96-3-1 in the four years Henderson was a member of the team.
The 2010 team was one of the best squads in state history, setting records in defense and offense, but there were questions about this season's team after heavy graduation losses.
"We didn't know how strong our defense would be this year," Henderson said. "But we had some players step up. We're Wando. That means we have to show everybody, every game that we are the best. We worked hard for that state championship. We deserved it."
Henderson and Peeples will be joined on the South Carolina team by Bishop England standout Kate Twohig, a two-time all-Lowcountry and all-state selection.
Twohig was named to the all-region and all-state teams in Georgia in 2009 before moving to the Lowcountry.
She will play for the College of Charleston. She scored 51 goals as a junior and 56 as a senior and is an honors student in the classroom.
Wando's Shannon Champ is co-coach of the South Carolina squad.