The second annual Wake County Cup nearly had to change its whole format with an unforseen hiccup in its bracket-style plan.
On Monday night, Apex defeated Garner 1-0 in a game called for lightning in the 47th minute. At Sanderson, Heritage and Cardinal Gibbons also had their game called in the second half. However, they were tied 1-all.
By NCHSAA rules, that game goes down as a tie and there is no way to resume it.
For the Cup organizers, that left no clear way to determine which team was moving on to the semifinals.
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The only option was to flip a coin.
Gibbons won the toss and is through to the semifinals. Heritage is in the consolation semis.
Tuesday’s first-round winners were Millbrook over Green Hope 4-3 and Sanderson over Raleigh Charter 4-2.
Consolation semis, Aug. 25 at Heritage: Garner vs. Raleigh Charter (5 p.m.); Heritage vs. Green Hope (7 p.m.)
Semifinals, Aug. 25 at Cardinal Gibbons: Apex vs. Sanderson (5 p.m.); Gibbons vs. Millbrook (7 p.m.)
7th- and 5th-place games, Sept. 18 at Heritage: time TBD
3rd- and 1st-place games, Sept. 19 at Cardinal Gibbons: time TBD