Thursday’s HS Rewind: Myers Park upsets Lake Norman in NCHSAA soccer playoffs

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Jonathan Aguallo

Myers Park broke a scoreless tie early in the second half and went on to upset Lake Norman 2-0 Thursday night in the second round of the 4A girls’ soccer playoffs.

The Mustangs, who are defending 4A state champions but only the 13th-seeded team in the West Region, improved to 13-3-3 on the season by knocking off the fourth-seeded Wildcats.

The match was played at a neutral site, at Mooresville High.

Mustangs’ junior goalkeeper Sarah Grace Simas made several key saves in the opening 20 minutes, as Lake Norman (20-4) put strong pressure on the Mustangs.

The match was still a scoreless tie at the half, but Myers Park broke through, scoring with 35:12 remaining in the second half. The Mustangs added a second goal with 9:13 to play.

The victory sends Myers Park into the third round of the playoffs, next Monday night. The Mustangs will travel to 12th-seeded Page, which also won by an upset, knocking off No. 5 Northwest Guilford 1-0 Thursday night.

PHOTOS: Myers Park @ Lake Norman girls soccer playoff

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CLASS 4A

Ardrey Kell 3, South Mecklenburg 0: The second-seeded Knights (22-1-1) avenged their only loss of the season, blanking the Sabres (15-4-2) as goalkeeper Emily Casey made eight saves.

Ardrey Kell has won 10 straight since losing 1-0 at South Mecklenburg in mid-April.

Taylor Suarez scored a goal and had an assist, and Ellie Riechman and Claire Smith scored the Knights’ other goals.

Weddington 1, Cuthbertson 0: The Warriors scored late in the first half and stunned the No. 1-seeded Cavaliers. Weddington (11-6-3) had gone 0-1-1 against Cuthbertson (13-1-4) during the regular season.

Hough 4, Cox Mill 1: The host Huskies (21-1-1) built a 4-0 halftime lead against the Chargers (14-7-1) and cruised. Hough will host T.C. Roberson in the third round Monday.

Kennedy Bell scored twice for the Huskies, and Maria Rayburn added a goal and an assist.

Independence tops Watauga: Independence, enjoying the best girls’ soccer season in school history, downed host Watauga 3-2 in penalty kicks, after the teams tied 1-1 through regulation and two overtime periods. Samantha Swinson scored for the ninth-seeded Patriots (18-1-1) in regulation, while Katie Durham scored for eighth-seeded Watauga (16-4).

Patriots’ goalkeeper Caroline Wehr made two big stops in the penalty-kick shootout to preserve the victory.

Independence plays in the third round Monday, hosting Weddington.

Marvin Ridge 4, Mooresville 1: The Mavericks (19-3-2) applied pressure from the start and overwhelmed the Blue Devils (9-8-1). Marvin Ridge led 3-0 at the half. The Mavericks visit Ardrey Kell in a third-round match Monday.

CLASS 3A

Lake Norman Charter 9, St. Stephens 0: The top-seeded Knights (22-1) continued to steamroll past their playoff competition. This time, they scored four goals in the opening seven minutes, overwhelming 17th-seeded St. Stephens (14-6-2)

A pair of seniors, Haven Stanley and Eliza Rich, notched three-goal hat tricks, and Stanley added three assists. Lake Norman Charter hosts eighth seed Enka in the third round Monday.

East Lincoln defeats Hickory: This match ended in a 1-1 tie after regulation, two overtime periods, and a pair of sudden-death overtime sessions. East Lincoln (17-3-3) won it by a 3-2 edge over Hickory (14-7-1) in penalty kicks.

South Point 6, Stuart Cramer 0: The second-seeded Raiders improved to 21-0, blanking their Big South Conference foes. Grace Smith scored the first and last goals for South Point, which will host No. 7 Atkins in the third round Monday.

CLASS 2A

Pine Lake Prep 2, West Davidson 0: The 13th-seeded Pride (14-5-1) stunned previously-unbeaten West Davidson (21-1-1), the fourth seed. Pine Lake Prep held its opponent to two shots on goal, each of them stopped by Rebecca DeCamp. Ella Peterson and Laila Gilmore scored goals, and Gracie Hughes got assists on each.

The Pride will visit East Gaston on Monday in the third round.

Hendersonville 7, Forest Hills 3: Zuly Jimenez scored all of the goals for the Yellow Jackets (16-4-1), who were seeded 10th. Hendersonville (18-4), seeded seventh, outscored Forest Hills 5-1 in the second half.

CLASS 1A

Union Academy 4, Mountain Island Charter 1: The top-seeded and unbeaten (20-0) Cardinals outscored the Raptors 3-1 in the second half. Shania Coppin led Union Academy with two goals, and Heidi Aguilar and Hannah Wyatt each added a goal.

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NCISAA finals changes

The N.C. High School Athletic Association has made several changes in times and locations for championships Friday and Saturday.

Those changes include:

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The 4A girls’ soccer championship match between Charlotte Latin and Providence Day will be played at 2 p.m. at Charlotte Country Day. The match was moved to Charlotte from its original site, Forsyth Country Day.

The 3A baseball finals between SouthLake Christian and High Point Christian have been moved from Arendell Parrott Academy to Moor Field Park in Mooresville. Game 1 will be at 5 p.m. Friday, with Game 2 at noon Saturday. Game 3, if needed, will be 30 minutes after Game 2 ends.

The 3A softball finals between Hickory Grove Christian and High Point Christian have been moved from Arendell Parrott Academy to North Davidson High. Game 1 will be at 5 p.m. Friday, with Game 2 at noon Saturday. If a Game 3 is needed, it will begin 30 minutes after Game 2 ends.

Other finals remain the same: 4A baseball and softball Friday and Saturday at Charlotte Christian; boys’ lacrosse at Cannon School; girls’ lacrosse at Charlotte Latin; and boys’ tennis Division 1 finals at Charlotte Country Day.

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