Holly Springs blew by Lumberton in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys soccer playoffs, setting up a second-round showdown against No. 1 seed Harnett Central.
The Golden Hawks (11-6-3), seeded 17th, used their speed and set pieces to win 7-0 on Wednesday night.
The Pirates (13-9-1) got just two shots on goal, not including a missed penalty in the first half.
“They have two really good players up top, and we almost got caught. They missed a PK, and who knows what would’ve happened if that had gone in?” Holly Springs coach Brian Miller said. “With a big field, it’s just switching the point of attack as quick as you can. Getting that ball from the left mid(fielder) back to our center mid out to the right mid and attacking on that wing and trying to set up 1-v-1 and 2-v-1 situations out wide. And right when we did, we took it to them pretty good.”
Holly Springs’ goals were scored by Brent Mahasi, Luke Gazak, Jonah Mulligan, Aaron Latigue, Eddie Zuniga and Josh Noordeloos (two) with assists by Zuniga, Mahasi (two) and Mulligan.
Mahasi, Gazak, Latigue and Zuniga’s goals were all started by a corner kick. Mulligan had a breakaway, and Both of Noordeloos’ goals were taken from the top of the box.
“We’re usually on smaller fields, but we try to get as wide as possible, and I think we did that,” Noordeloos said.
The Hawks will travel to Harnett Central on Saturday. It’s a big opportunity for the club to try and knock off the No. 1 seed.
“We’re excited. It lets us prove something. It lets us prove what Hawks soccer is,” Noordeloos said.