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Three new teams join final regular-season Sweet 16 soccer poll

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

The top of the Sweet 16 looks a lot like it has for the past month, with unbeatens Providence and Garinger, sitting atop the poll. The two teams are also 1-2 in the latest N.C. Soccer Coaches 4A statewide poll.

But there is some change. Three new teams are in the final regular-season poll of the season. Soccer playoffs begin Wednesday.

Thomas Jefferson, a 1A team, debuts at No. 12. Ranked No. 5 in the 1A state poll, the team has won six straight matches.

At No. 14 is Newton’s Fred T. Foard High. Foard, a 3A team, beat 4A Watauga 1-0 last week and knocked Watauga out of the Sweet 16. Foard has not lost a match since Sept. 25.

Finally, Chase High is in at No. 16. Chase has won five straight.

Rec. Prv.
1.Providence (4A)21-01
2.Garinger (4A)21-02
3.Salisbury (2A)21-14
4.Marvin Ridge (3A)16-1-16
5.Charlotte Catholic (4A)18-3-23
6.Hough (4A)18-59
7.Myers Park (4A)12-4-27
8.South Iredell (3A)16-2-25
9.Ardrey Kell (4A)14-6-210
10.Community School of Davidson (1A)12-1-28
11. Newton-Conover (2A)15-4-215
12. Thomas Jefferson (1A)15-1-1NR
13. Charlotte Country Day (IND)13-4-113
14. Fred T. Foard (3A)15-5-3NR
15. West Caldwell (2A)17-3-114
16. Chase (3A)15-3-1NR

DROPPED OUT: South Mecklenburg (4A, 12-7-2); Freedom (3A, 14-3-2); Watauga (4A, 16-4-1) ALSO RECEIVING CONSIDERATION: Gray Stone Day (1A, 16-3-2). Note: Records/results through Saturday.

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