The Patriots (1-12-1, 1-11) are forced to rely heavily on young players. The lone win was a 3-1 decision against Cary. Friendship has no seniors and just five juniors, seven freshmen and 10 sophomores.
Apex (5-6-2, 5-5-2) still has time to creep up the standings in a stacked Southwest Wake Athletic Conference – all but one of the Cougars’ five games are against conference foes – but it won’t be easy.
Catrine made the varsity as a junior, but what he didn’t know was by his senior year he’d be in the middle of a lineup featuring fourth-year varsity player Ryan Rizk and third-year varsity players Brycen Braswell and Kyle Jackson.