Seven Iredell County teams qualify for NCHSAA Soccer Playoffs
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Seven Iredell County soccer teams earned spots in the 2018 NCHSAA Soccer Playoffs. The first round begins on Saturday night. Here's a look at where the Iredell County teams are seeded and their opening round opponents:
After finishing tied for third place in the I-Meck Conference, Lake Norman received an at-large bid based on the Wildcats' NCHSAA Adjusted Maxpreps Rating.
Lake Norman (10-7-2) earned the No. 20 seed in the West Region and a first-round match with crosstown rival Mooresville (11-8-1), which arned an automatic berth by finishing second in the I-Meck and earned the No. 13 seed.
The rivals, which split a pair of regular season matches, will square off Saturday at Mooresville High.
North Piedmont Conference champion South Iredell (13-2-5) was rewarded for a stellar regular season with the No. 7 seed in the West Region.
The Vikings will open the playoffs at home on Saturday against No. 26 Monroe (10-8-1). The Redhawks finished in fifth place in the Southern Carolina Conference, but recorded one of the biggest upsets of the season when they defeated No. 1 Charlotte Catholic 3-2 on Sept. 26.
NPC Runner-up Statesville (11-8-2), which earned an automatic berth and the 15th seed in the West Region, will open play on Saturday at home against No. 18 A.L. Brown (17-4-1).
The Wonders, who finished in a four-way tie for first place in the South Piedmont Conference, defeated the Greyhounds 3-1 on September 19.
North Iredell, which received an at-large bid and the No. 24 seed in the West Region based on the Raiders' NCHSAA Adjusted Maxpreps Rating, travels to powerhouse Marvin Ridge (16-3) on Saturday for a first round game.
The Raiders (13-6-1) finished third in the North Piedmont Conference are coming off a 6-0 win over East Rowan in the regular-season finale.
The Mavericks' only losses this season are to top-ranked Charlotte Catholic and 4A Providence.
West Iredell (14-4-3) earned an automatic berth and the No. 12 seed after finishing runner-up behind No. 1-seed Hibriten in the Northwestern Foothills Conference.
The Warriors will open play at home on Saturday against No. 21 Lincolnton (11-9).
Warriors coach David Heintz's squad finished the postseason with four consecutive wins after a 4-0 loss to Hibriten on October 8.
Pine Lake Prep (16-4-1) earned an automatic berth and the No. 2 seed in the West Region after finishing runner-up in the PAC 7 Conference.
The Pride received a first-round bye and will open the playoffs at home on Tuesday against the winner of the No. 9 Hayesville (9-2-1) and No. 24 River Mill Academy (6-12) game.