It’ll be an all-Mecklenburg Western Region 4A semifinal round of the state high school soccer playoffs Saturday, after four local teams claimed victories Thursday night.
SoMeck 7 4A foes Providence and South Mecklenburg will square off in one regional semifinal, while the Southwestern 4A’s Myers Park visits I-Meck 4A champion Hough in the other match.
The two winners will meet next week for the Western Regional championship and a berth in the state finals next weekend in Cary.
Other area teams still alive after Thursday’s third-round state playoff matches are Marvin Ridge and Kannapolis Brown in 3A; East Lincoln, Lenoir Hibriten, Newton-Conover and Salisbury in 4A; and Community School of Davidson and Misenheimer Gray Stone Day in 1A.
Here’s how area teams fared Thursday night:
Hough 4, Southern Pines Pinecrest 1: The Huskies scored three times in the first half and cruised. Richie Cano continued his superb freshman year, scoring three goals. Senior Ryan Cowie had three assists.
Myers Park 3, Independence 0: The Mustangs avenged a penalty-kick loss to Independence last month that cost Myers Park a share of the Southwestern 4A Conference title.
Providence 3, Ardrey Kell 1: The Panthers scored in the 33rd minute of the first half, then got a second goal just 39 seconds into the second half for a 2-0 lead.
South Mecklenburg 4, Winston-Salem Reynolds 1: Malik Diallo led the Sabres with two goals, and Kevin Usina and Nick Aliota added single goals.
Asheville 1, Boone Watauga 0: Asheville goalkeeper Max Butterworth stopped the Pioneers’ five shots on goal and recorded a clean sheet.
Kannapolis Brown 2, Southwest Guilford 0: The Wonders ran their home record to 13-0 on the season. They will visit Winston-Salem Mount Tabor in Saturday’s round.
Marvin Ridge 4, Asheville Reynolds 0: Brady Morrissey, Nick Jones, Ben Wood and Anthony Garuba scored for the Mavericks, who got a shutout in goal from Matt Semcesen. Marvin Ridge travels to Asheville on Saturday.
Winston-Salem Mount Tabor 3, Gastonia Forestview 1: The Jaguars fell behind 3-0 in the first half and couldn’t recover.
East Lincoln 2, Surry Central 1: The 10th-seeded Mustangs knocked off the second seed, as Noah Graden and Tyler Swanson each scored a goal. Chase Lynch had two assists. East Lincoln visits Salisbury on Saturday.
Lenoir Hibriten 3, Marshville Forest Hills 0: The unbeaten and top-seeded Panthers had a bit of a struggle with the Yellow Jackets, but Nijat Tahirli’s two second-half goals led the way. James Howell got the shutout in goal. Hibriten hosts Newton-Conover on Saturday.
Newton-Conover 2, Shelby 1 (OT)
Salisbury 1, North Davidson 0: The Hornets beat their fellow Central Carolina 2A foe for the third time this season.
Community School of Davidson 1, Mooresville Pine Lake Prep 0: The top-seeded Spartans won a tough defensive struggle with their PAC 1A foes. They will host North Moore in the regional semifinals Saturday.
Misenheimer Gray Stone Day 3, Queens Grant 2 (OT): Gray Stone Day will visit Polk County on Saturday.
Polk County 2, Monroe Union Academy 1: Gaston Moise scored on an assist from Hayden Brown for Union Academy, but Jonah Wyatt’s goal won it for Polk.
Myers Park will face East Chapel Hill on Saturday for the state championship.
The Mustangs advanced with a 6-0 semifinal victory over Chapel Hill. In the other semifinal, East Chapel Hill squeaked past Charlotte Catholic 4-3 in double overtime.
Megan Frost scored three goals for the Mustangs, and Caroline Wick had a goal and an assist. Adding single goals were Alexanne O’Deal and Sarah Perkinson.
Myers Park (18-0) will face East Chapel Hill at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at BB&T Sports Park in Winston-Salem.
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NCHSAA Soccer Playoff Pairings
Thursday’s third round
Myers Park 3, Independence 0
Hough 4, Pinecrest 1
South Mecklenburg 4, Winston-Salem Reynolds 1
Providence 3, Ardrey Kell 1
Myers Park at Hough
Providence at South Mecklenburg
Marvin Ridge 4, Asheville Reynolds 0
Asheville 1, Watauga 0
Winston-Salem Mount Tabor 3, Forestview 1
AL Brown 2, Southwest Guilford 0
Saturday’s third round
Marvin Ridge at Asheville
AL Brown at Mount Tabor
Hibriten 3, Forestview 0
Newton-Conover 2, Shelby 1
Salisbury 1, North Davidson 0
East Lincoln 2, Surry Central 1
Saturday’s fourth round
Newton-Conover at Hibriten
East Lincoln at Salisbury
Community School of Davidson 1, Pine Lake Prep 0
Winston-Salem Bishop McGuinness (18-3-2) at North Moore (18-1), late
Queens Grant (16-10) at Misenheimer Gray Stone Day (15-7-1), late
Monroe Union Academy (14-7) at Polk County (13-10-1), late
Bishop/North Moore at Community School
Queens/Gray Stone vs. Union/Polk