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Schedule set for 2014 Wake County Cup

The Apex Cougars boys soccer team posed for a picture with the champion trophy and banner after winning the inaugural Wake County Cup Championship. The Sanderson Spartans played the Apex Cougars in the Wake County Cup Soccer Finals at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, September 14. Apex won, 2-1.
The Apex Cougars boys soccer team posed for a picture with the champion trophy and banner after winning the inaugural Wake County Cup Championship. The Sanderson Spartans played the Apex Cougars in the Wake County Cup Soccer Finals at Cardinal Gibbons High School in Raleigh, N.C. on Saturday, September 14. Apex won, 2-1. newsobserver.com

This year’s schedule for the second annual Wake County Cup has been set. Unlike last year’s group stage format, this year has a bracketed style.

But the bracket is not set in stone.

Winners and losers will be moved as necessary to avoid conference teams from meeting in any game except the championship. Coaches have also discussed canceling a conference rematch in a potential loser’s bracket game and scheduling it as a JV contest.

The Wake County Cup has automatic qualifiers from year-to-year.

Apex, last year’s champions, are in automatically. So too is the Southwest Wake Athletic Conference champion Green Hope.

Sanderson and Heritage also received automatic bids for finishing in the top two of the Cap Eight. Garner and Cardinal Gibbons earned bids by finishing in the top two of their respective leagues (Garner was the Greater Neuse champ, Gibbons second in the Big Eight).

The rest of the field includes Raleigh Charter, last year’s 1A East runners-up, and Millbrook. Millbrook’s inclusion makes for three Cap Eight teams, which is why the format was adopted.

Schedule

Round 1, Aug. 18 at Green Hope: Apex vs. Garner (5 p.m.), Green Hope vs. Millbrook (7 p.m.)

Round 1, Aug. 18 at Sanderson: Heritage vs. Cardinal Gibbons (5 p.m.), Sanderson vs. Raleigh Charter (7 p.m.)

Round 2, Aug. 25 at Heritage: winner’s and loser’s bracket games, time TBD

Round 2, Aug. 25 at Cardinal Gibbons: winner’s and loser’s bracket games, time TBD

7th and 5th-place games, Sept. 18 at Heritage: time TBD

3rd and 1st-place gams, Sept. 19 at Cardinal Gibbons: time TBD

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