SAC-8 soccer teams struggle in first round

By: By Amber Hatten-Staley - Sports editor

LAURINBURG — The Sandhills Athletic Conference has one women’s soccer team still competing in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoffs after the first round.

The No. 3 seeded Pinecrest Lady Patriots earned a first-round bye and hosted No. 19 Mallard Creek on Friday in second round action. The Lady Mavericks are 15-6-1 overall and finished fourth in the I-Meck Conference.

The winner of the Pinecrest/Mallard Creek match will face the winner of No. 6 Hough vs. No. 11 Hickory Ridge on May 16 at 7 p.m. with the highest seed hosting.

The remaining three conference teams — No. 24 Purnell Swett, No. 13 Richmond and No. 20 Jack Britt — all suffered first round losses.

The Lady Rams were shut out by No. 9 Page in Greensboro, 4-0 on Wednesday. The Lady Buccaneers faced a similar fate as they fell to No. 13 Ashley, 7-0 in Wilmington.

The Lady Raiders hosted No. 20 Porter Ridge in the first round and had the closest game of the opening round. Richmond had a 2-0 lead going into the final 34 minutes of play but Porter Ridge scored three unanswered goals to hold on for the 3-2 victory. Porter Ridge faced No. 4 Providence in the second round.

4A women’s soccer second round pairings

East

No. 1 Hoggard (18-0-4) vs. No. 16 Corinth Holders (14-7-2)

No. 8 Broughton (14-3-1) vs. No. 9 Wakefield (15-3-1)

No. 5 Heritage (12-4-3) vs. No. 12 Laney (21-3-1)

No. 4 Fuquay-Varina (13-4-2) vs. No. 13 Ashley (17-2-1)

No. 3 Green Hope (15-1-2) vs. No. 14 Millbrook (13-5-1)

No. 6 New Bern (13-4-2) vs. No. 22 Cary (8-8-1)

No. 7 Pine Forest (14-7-2) vs. No. 10 Holly Springs (12-6-3)

No. 2 Leesville Road (17-1-1) vs. No. 18 Middle Creek (8-7-3)

West

No. 1 Myers Park (17-0-1) vs. No. 16 South Mecklenburg (13-6-0)

No. 8 West Forsyth (16-3-0) vs. No. 9 Page (12-4-1)

No. 5 Reagan (13-3-3) vs. No. 12 Lake Norman (16-5-1)

No. 4 Providence (13-2-1) vs. No. 20 Porter Ridge (13-8-0)

No. 3 Pinecrest (22-1-3) vs. No. 19 Mallard Creek (15-6-1)

No. 6 Hough (15-4-1) vs. No. 11 Hickory Ridge (14-5-2)

No. 7 South Caldwell (13-4-1) vs. No. 10 Ardrey Kell (13-5-2)

No. 2 Northwest Guilford (12-4-2) vs. No. 15 East Forsyth (10-6-1)

Amber Hatten-Staley can be reached at 910-506-3170 or [email protected]

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By Amber Hatten-Staley

Sports editor