Carrboro and Chapel Hill both won third-round matches this week to advance into the state quarterfinals of the N.C. High School Athletics Association’s East Region soccer playoffs.
No. 6-seeded Chapel Hill won 3-0 Tuesday in an upset at No. 3 Northern Guilford in a 3A game, and No. 2 Carrboro defeated No. 10 Eastern Randolph the 2A East.
Tuesday in Greensboro, Kyle Cocowitch and Blake Johnson scored barely two minutes apart in the first half – both off assists from John Walden – to put Chapel Hill up 2-0 less than 19 minutes into its third-round match. Nick Herbert took a pass from Duncan Davis and supplied Chapel Hill with a final score in the 71st minute.
“It was really nice to get that results on the field at Northern Guilford, especially since we’d lost there twice before,” Chapel Hill coach Jason Curtis said.
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Northern Guilford eliminated Chapel Hill in the NCHSAA’s third round in both 2011 and 2012. The Tigers now advance to meet Jacksonville – the team that bumped them from last year’s playoffs in the fourth round.
Chapel Hill (20-4-1) will play a state quarterfinal match at eastern No. 2 seed Jacksonville (23-2-1) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.
Carrboro (21-2-1) advances to meet either No. 3 Franklinton or No. 23 Southwest Onslow in the East 2A region final.
Wednesday at Carrboro, Eh Pa Kee came off the bench and scored in the 29th minute off an assist from fellow Myanmar refugee Than That to spark the Jaguars over Eastern Randolph.
Kee later fed Marc Rovner for an insurance goal with 9 minutes, 2 second left in the game.
Eastern Randolph, reaching the NCHSAA’s third round for the first time in school history, finished its year at 15-3-3.
“They came into this game very emotional and with a lot of energy,” Carrboro coach Jared Drexler said. “We were ready for it and were able to clean up any chances they had.”
Carrboro out-shot Eastern Randolph 12-0 in the first half and 23-3 total for the game, never allowing the Wildcats a shot on-goal. Eastern Randolph goalkeeper David Chavarria saved five Carrboro shots.
“That’s a great team over there. Carrboro has the sort of program that we want to be,” Eastern Randolph coach Jeffrey Maness said. “We were able to keep it close the whole way. I’m still very proud of my guys.”