Lincolnton’s boys soccer team is in the third round once again.
The Wolves got the best of host Smoky Mountain in what coach Ian Leith called a “wild game” on Saturday, winning 2-1 to advance to the third round of the NCHSAA state 2A playoffs for the fourth straight year.
Lincolnton (16-3-2), an 18-seed that won’t play at home again this season, travels to No. 10 Lake Norman Charter (14-6-2) for a third round match at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.
Juan Abonza converted a penalty kick in the 17th minute to tie it at 1, and Christian Sandoval scored on a rebound of a missed penalty kick in the 30th minute for the final margin.
The Wolves scored on a free kick in the 15th minute but had it waived off, Leith said, “due to ball placement.”
Lincolnton and Lake Norman Charter were former members of the old Southern Piedmont 1A/2A Conference.
“It was a wild game Saturday with some very controversial calls, but we managed to pull out the win,” Leith said.
While Lincolnton was able to advance, Lincoln Charter was not.
The Eagles were bounced from the state 1A playoffs on Saturday with a 1-0 defeat by Southern Piedmont 1A Conference foe Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. No other details were reported.
Lincoln Charter ended its season at 12-10.