There were some surprises in the first round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association boys soccer playoffs on Saturday, particularly in the 4A bracket. Three conference champions were undone in the first round including a 16-seed, Hoke County, upsetting top-seeded New Bern.
That leads to some interesting Tuesday match-ups in the second round.
East Chapel Hill, an 8-seed, will host Hoke County and the winner will play either 5-seed D.H. Conley or 13-seed Laney. Laney, out of Wilmington, was the 4A state runner-up last season.
In 3A, Northwood, a 14-seed, came back to down Two Rivers champ Cleveland 3-2.
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Overtime winners: The first round was also replete with overtime thrillers. Conley scored three times in the two, 10-minute overtime periods to defeat Fayetteville Seventy-First 5-2.
Per National Federation of High Schools rule, if the score is still tied after those two, 10-minute periods, then two five-minute “golden goal” periods are played until someone scores.
That’s how Jordan fell to Laney 3-2, how 11-seed Cary upset 6-seed Heritage 3-2 and how 10-seed Sanderson eked by 7-seed Panther Creek 2-1.
“When I saw it come to my feet, I just tried to do anything to get into goal,” said Sanderson senior Scott Spickard, who scored with less than a minute left in the first golden goal period to end the game.
Cary will try to pull off another road win at Fayetteville’s Pine Forest, the 3-seed.
A few games were still tied without a “golden goal,” so they went to penalty kicks.
That’s how, in 2A, Franklinton lost to Roanoke Rapids and how N.C. School of Science and Math edged Croatan.
No Gibbons: For the first time since Cardinal Gibbons re-joined the NCHSAA in 2005, the Crusaders won’t be playing in the second round. Broughton, the 11-seed, won 4-2.
Broughton will travel to Greater Neuse champ East Wake on a five-game winning streak.
“We’ve definitely matured,” coach Craig Brannan said. “We had some immaturity go through the squad, and we had a bad streak for about three games. We had guys that weren’t giving the most in practice. We had some guys that weren’t buying into the team concept, and were thinking more about themselves instead of the team. We’ve really realigned from that.”
Tough second-round games: After taking down Wilmington power Hoggard, 9-seed Middle Creek will play Southwest Wake Athletic Conference foe Green Hope, a 1-seed. The winner gets either Knightdale, a 12-seed, or 4-seed Millbrook.
Sanderson, a 10-seed, and 15-seed Enloe both have trips to Wilmington. Enloe faces 7-seed Ashley and Sanderson gets 2-seed New Hanover.
In 3A, 1-seed Hunt will be challenged by a Southern Lee team, seeded eighth, that just defeated Fike 9-1. Chapel Hill welcomes traditional power White Oak out of Jacksonville in a 7-versus-2 matchup. C.B. Aycock has its hands full when Fayetteville’s Terry Sanford visits in a 5-versus-4 game.
Perhaps the best game in 3A figures to be 6-seed Corinth Holders at 3-seed Lee County. Lee County is the reigning 3A East champ and state runner-up.
In 2A, North Johnston hosts a traditonal power in Dixon High, from the Jacksonville area. Bunn hosts North Pitt.
Research Triangle goes to 1-seed Wallace-Rose Hill in 1A, with the winner playing either 5-seed Spring Creek or 4-seed Louisburg.
There are N&O area schools in six of the state’s eight N.C. High School Athletic Association girls tennis regional finals that are scheduled for Wednesday.
The headliner is the 4A East title, where undefeated Cardinal Gibbons hosts Green Hope. The other East finals include Union Pines at Terry Sanford in 3A, N.C. School of Science and Math hosting Bartlett Yancey in 2A and Raleigh Charter hosting Whiteville in 1A.
But there are also two Chatham County schools playing for West regional titles.
Undefeated Jordan-Matthews hosts undefeated Lake Norman Charter in 2A, while Chatham Charter visits Mount Airy in 1A.
Brennan Doherty and Tom Shanahan contributed.