One might have expected that one of the Gilley twins would have a big day when East Lincoln's undefeated soccer team took on East Burke in the first round of the NCHSAA 2A playoffs Wednesday. Logan Gilley had scored three goals in recent matches against West Lincoln, Maiden and Bandys; while Chase had scored three against North Lincoln & Lincolnton; and both had scored three in the Mustangs' win over Lake Norman Charter.
Logan didn't have three goals--he had four--as the Mustangs easily dispatched their first round opponent by a 6-1 margin. Chase had one goal and Noah Graden also scored one in the win that sets up a repeat match with the Knights in round two this Saturday.
Ian Fiore scored a second half goal to give North a 1-0 victory over North Davidson Wednesday. The Knights (now 14-8-2) will take on the unbeaten (23-0) Mustangs at East Lincoln at 6:00 Saturday evening.
The two teams met twice during the regular season. East won the first match 4-1 as Logan scored two goals; Chase, one; and Noah, one. Erick Rios scored the lone goal for the Knights.
In their second meeting, it was much closer. The two were tied at the halfway point and East Lincoln goaltender William White had his hands full keeping the Knights from scoring. He had eight saves in that game. Chase's three goals and one by Pearson Cunnigham accounted for the four by East Lincoln; Nathan Brown had two goals for North; Carter Sliwoski and Fiore each scored one.
Newton-Conover only lost to East Lincoln in the season's final match thanks to a second overtime goal by Logan Gilley (the final was 2-1 in two overtimes); Chase, by the way, had the other goal in the first period and White had seven saves in securing that win which gave East an undefeated regular season. The Red Devils won their first round match over West Davidson Wednesday 3-2. They'll now take on the Fred T. Foard Tigers at 6 PM Saturday in Newton.
The Tigers tied the Red Devils 2-2 in a regular season non-conference match. Foard (now 16-4-5 after a 2-1 first round win Wednesday over Atkins). Foard finished in second place in the Northwestern Foothills Conference behind Hibriten. The winners of the Foard at Newton-Conover and North Lincoln at East Lincoln match will play in round three next Wednesday at the home of the higher-seeded team.
Lincolnton, Bandys and Lake Norman Charter all lost their first round matches Wednesday and were eliminated. Lincolnton lost to West Caldwell 3-1. Smoky Mountain downed Bandys 1-0. Forest Hills beat Lake Norman Charter 6-2.
Shelby advanced to the second round with a 2-0 win over Franklin. They'll host Salisbury on Saturday. West Iredell eliminated South Point 2-1.
In the 1A playoffs, Lincoln Charter won its first round match over Albemarle 9-0 and will play in round two on Saturday at Pine Lake Prep in Mooresville. The Eagles (now 14-8-1 for the season) beat the Pride 1-0 in a regular season meeting. Pine Lake Prep, champs of the PAC7 Conference, has a 16-4-2 record.
Mountain Island Charter had a first round bye and will play Saturday at Mt. Airy. Highland Tech beat Highlands 4-0 and will travel to Misenheimer to take on Gray Stone Day on Saturday. Thomas Jefferson, 3-0 winners over Elkin, will be at Community School of Davidson Saturday.
In 3A play play, Hickory--7 to 1 winners over Enka--will play at South Iredell Saturday. Ashbrook, 3-2 winners over North Iredell, will be at Concord. Forestview was eliminated by Central Cabarrus 2-0.
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