Foard, Lake Norman Charter also
earn home matches to start postseason
By CHRIS HOBBS
The state girls’ soccer championship playoffs begin on Monday with eight teams from Greater Hickory area conferences – four in 2A, three in 3A and one in 4A – in the chase.
There are three postseason playing dates this week, with the second round on Wednesday and the third round on Friday.
Thirty-two teams in each classification qualified for the postseason, playing for a spot in the state championships on May 15.
The highest-seeded area team is South Fork 2A champ Lake Norman Charter (14-0-0), seeded No. 7 in the West bracket and at home Monday against No. 10 Hibriten (12-1-1) at 6 p.m.
Hickory (12-1-0), the Northwestern 3A-4A champ, is the No. 2 West seed in 3A. The Red Tornadoes play No. 15 Marvin Ridge (10-3-1) at Hickory on Monday at 6 p.m.
Two other 3A teams in the Northwestern 3A-4A got in, St. Stephens as a No. 12 seed and Watauga as a No. 16.
The Indians (10-3-0) play Monday at No. 5 Southwest Guilford while the Pioneers (9-4-0) go to No. 1 Crest (12-1-0).
The 2A bracket includes Northwestern Foothills 2A champ Fred T. Foard and South Fork 2A runner-up East Lincoln.
Foard (12-0-1), seeded No. 8, meets No. 9 Hendersonville (12-0-1) at Foard on Monday at 7 p.m.
East Lincoln (11-3-0) opens at No. 5 North Davidson (11-1-0).
In 4A, South Caldwell (4-8-0) grabbed the Northwestern 3A-4A’s only 4A bid by finishing higher in the standings than the other 4A school, McDowell.
The Spartans finished fifth in the conference but were seeded as a league champion and gained No. 2 and a home opener against No. 15 Greensboro Page (9-3-0).
AREA TEAMS IN STATE GIRLS SOCCER PLAYOFFS
(First round games are Monday, times TBA)
No. 9 Hendersonville (12-0-1) at No. 8 FRED T. FOARD (12-0-1), 7 p.m.: Winner faces No. 16 Central Davidson or No. 1 South Point.
No. 12 E. LINCOLN (11-3-0) at No. 5 N. Davidson (11-1-0: Winner faces No. 13 Forbush or No. 4 Central Academy.
No. 10 HIBRITEN (12-1-1) at No. 7 LAKE NORMAN CHARTER (14-0-0), 6 p.m.: Winner faces No. 15 Canton Pisgah or No. 2 Wilkes Central.
No. 16 WATAUGA (9-4-0) at No. 1 Crest (12-1-0): Winner faces No. 9 Asheville or No. 8 NW Cabarrus.
No. 12 ST. STEPHENS (10-3-0) at No. 5 SW Guilford (11-1-2): Winner faces No. 13 Carson or No. 4 A.C. Reynolds.
No. 15 Marvin Ridge (10-3-1) at No. 2 HICKORY (12-1-0), 6 p.m.: Winner faces No. 10 Forestview or No. 7 Charlotte Catholic.
No. 15 Greensboro Page (9-3-0) at No. 2 S. CALDWELL (4-8-0): Winner faces No. 10 Lake Norman or No. 7 S. Mecklenburg.