Shelby at LHS Soccer

Shelby’s Bryan Torres controls the ball during Tuesday night’s 2A Western Regional Championship game at Lincolnton High School.  The Golden Lions handed the Wolves their first loss of the season, ending an historic run. Lincolnton had eleven seniors playing in the final game of their high school careers.   

The Lincolnton Wolves men’s soccer team fell to Shelby in a heartbreaking 1-0 loss Tuesday night in the 2A West Regional Championship Game at Lincolnton High School.

The loss, the Wolves first and only of the 2021 season, ended a spectacular year for the Lincolnton men’s program that finished with a 20-1-3 record.

The only goal in Tuesday’s contest came in the first three minutes of action. Assisted by Carter Bridges, junior forward Jack Berkowitz gave Shelby a 1-0 advantage, and it held up all night.

The Wolves had several near misses throughout the evening, but just couldn’t capitalize against a tough Golden Lions squad.

For Lincolnton, the final game of the season was also the final game of the high school career for 11 seniors. Trevor Robinson, Kevin Calvo, Zander Harrison, Edwin Oliva, Zachary Zagorski, Silbestre Martinez, Andree Abernathy-Ocampo, Kenny Trejo, Carlos Ovando Villareal, Samuel Carpenter and Kevin Azocar all will graduate in the spring of 2022.

As for Shelby (22-1-2), the 2A West Regional champs will now face Greene Central (25-1-0) this Saturday at the WakeMed Soccer Park at Koka Booth Stadium in Cary. Greene Central defeated Manteo 2-0 in the 2A East Regional Final.

Shelby won back-to-back 2A state titles in 2009 and 2010.

(Published November 19, 2021)

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