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Heritage headed to 4A soccer finals after road win at Hoggard

Heritage’s Mackenzie Libscomb (11) celebrates with her teammates after scoring the double-overtime winner in 1 a-0 win over Hoggard in the East Regional, Tuesday May 21, 2019, in Wilmington, N.C.
Heritage’s Mackenzie Libscomb (11) celebrates with her teammates after scoring the double-overtime winner in 1 a-0 win over Hoggard in the East Regional, Tuesday May 21, 2019, in Wilmington, N.C. Starnews

Heritage needed 100 minutes and a double-overtime goal by Mackenzie Libscomb to advance to the NCHSAA 4A girls soccer title game.

Libscomb’s goal gave the Huskies (18-3) a 1-0 win over host Hoggard (24-3) in the East Regional championship.

Heritage scored in the 93rd minute with 6:38 left in the second overtime period.

“It went through the back two defenders and we broke down the goalie’s play and realized that she was very good to the ground so I went to chip it over her and that’s what happened,” Libscomb said. “That was the best feeling I have ever felt in the world.”

With the win, the Huskies will take on Pinecrest, who defeated West Forsyth, 2-1, in the west bracket.

“This is awesome for our school. We are thrilled right now,” Heritage coach Scott Sloan said. “We have a baseball team in the fourth round, softball in the regionals and here we are. We are feeling really good to be Heritage High School students and teachers right now.”

For most of the contest,the Huskies tried to find a way to get one of the over the head of Vikings’ goalkeeper Blair Barefoot, who finished with nine saves.

“She is just fabulous. She is an out of this world, superstar high school goalkeeper,” Sloan said. “It was going to take a shot like that to probably beat her. I think we had about three or four really good opportunities we got inside on her on their back line and we tried to keep the ball low and driven and she smothered everything. I think that one beat her up a little bit high and it took a shot like that to probably win this game.”

Sports reporter Jonas Pope IV covers college recruiting, high school sports, NC Central and the ACC for the Herald-Sun and The News & Observer.
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