The boys soccer teams at Lincolnton and Lincoln Charter are moving on.
The Wolves picked up a 3-1 win at Monroe in the first round of the state playoffs on Wednesday, and the Eagles went to Pine Lake Prep and came away with a 3-2 win to continue their seasons.
Lincolnton and Lincoln Charter will be on the road once again in the second round on Saturday. The Wolves (15-3-2) travel to Smoky Mountain (19-2-1) for a 2A playoff match at 6 p.m. while the Eagles (13-9-0) head to Mooresboro to take on another Southern Piedmont 1A Conference foe in top-seeded Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy (16-1-1), also at 6 p.m.
East Lincoln saw its season end on Wednesday in a 5-1 loss at West Caldwell. The Mustangs finish the season 9-12-1.
Lincolnton, which advanced to the second round for the fifth straight year, ended a scoreless tie at halftime with three unanswered goals in the second half.
Jeffrey Perez broke the scoring drought with a penalty kick in the 50th minute. Then Kevin Lopez put in a rebound 10 minutes later to go up 2-0. Lucas Ramiro gave the Wolves a 3-0 lead with 15 minutes to play.
Lincolnton’s defense held the Redhawks without a shot on goal in the first half, and held them scoreless until the 70th minute.
“We played very well, intense, quick, smart,” Wolves coach Ian Leith said. “If we can play like we did Wednesday, when we have to travel to Smoky Mountain on Saturday, I would give us a very good chance at winning.”
Lincoln Charter, in the state playoffs for the first time, knocked off a league opponent that had beaten it twice before.
Daniel Moore broke a 2-2 tie with 2 minutes to play to give the Eagles their first win in the state playoffs.
Lincoln Charter, which was outshot 20-14, went up 2-0 before back-to-back goals by Michael Anderson tied it at 2. Isaiah Smith had five saves in goal.
Caylon Nagy and Moore gave the Eagles the 2-0 halftime lead on assists from Danny Aguilar.
Up next is a team that lost just once in league play, has won seven in a row and defeated Lincoln Charter 4-0 and 6-1 in their two meetings this season.
“I know it meant a lot to the guys to bring something new to the school. We have six seniors who have played all four years and for them to get this opportunity is definitely special,” Eagles coach Dane Perry said. “Playing a number one seed is always tough, but it is a conference opponent again, which makes it a little easier to prepare for. We have seen Thomas Jefferson twice a year for the last four years. There are no real secrets, it is just going to take a tremendous effort on our part.”
STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS SATURDAY: Girls teams from East Lincoln, Lincoln Charter and North Lincoln, and North Lincoln’s boys teams will all vie for a team state championship on Saturday at Beeson Park in Kernersville.
North Lincoln’s boys will kick off the eight-race day –– two races per classification –– at 10 a.m., and its girls at 11. Lincoln Charter’s girls are scheduled to run in the 1A girls race at 11:30.
East Lincoln’s girls will finish the day at 4:30 p.m.
North Lincoln’s boys are looking to win their third straight state championship while the others are looking to win their first.
Individual titles are also up for grabs. East Lincoln freshman Frances Massey and North Lincoln senior Ryan Shannon each won an individual regional title last weekend.