Garinger’s magical soccer season came to an end Saturday night at home.
The Wildcats, who have players from seven different countries, fell 3-2 to Southwest Guilford. The teams played 80 minutes of regulation, then two 10-minute overtimes before starting the first of two 5-minute sudden-death overtime periods. Garinger lost in the first sudden-death OT.
Ranked a school-best No. 2 in the Observer Sweet 16 poll and a school-best No. 2 in the N.C. 4A coaches poll, Garinger ends its season at 22-1.
Southwest Guilford (17-4-2) won its third straight match and will play South Mecklenburg at home in the third round.
Garinger was ranked No. 17 in MaxPreps national poll. The other area team ranked is No. 7 Providence, which is still alive in the postseason.
South Meck 3, Lake Norman 2: The Sabres won on penalty kicks in overtime Saturday. South goals came from Axel Rojas and Marco Garcia. Lake Norman’s scores were from Johnny McCarthy and Matt Rasmussen. The Sabres got successful PKs from Carlos Perez, Tommy Aliota and Alex Rojas. South Meck had three PKs to Lake Norman’s two. Lake Norman got successful PKs from Greyson Hitchner and Luis Vargas.
Lake Norman Charter 1, Surry Central 0: Lake Norman Charter’s Stephen Behnke scored in the first overtime off a throw in to lift his team to the win. Christian Hall had the shutout for Lake Norman Charter, which will play Lincolnton on Wednesday night at 7 in a third-round match.
St. Stephens 4, Freedom 0: Andrew Barton had a hat trick for St. Stephens, which avenged last year’s second-round playoff loss to Freedom. Tommy Vo scored the other goal for St. Stephens, which will play at Weddington in the third round, which must be played by Wednesday.
Union Academy 2, East Surry 0: Union Academy’s Jake Beeson had a pair of goals and Mitchell Faulkner had the shutout. Union Academy (18-5-2) will play at North Moore in the third round.
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