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Cougars, Patriots advance to the third round

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WAKE FOREST — Only two local high school boys soccer teams have made it past the second round of the state playoffs. Wake Forest shut out Enloe 5-0 at home last Saturday and Franklin Academy defeated Falls Lake Academy 8-2 the same day.

The win over Enloe put the Cougars at 17-1-2 overall. That’s the most wins Wake Forest has ever had in a season in over a decade. The Cougars are undefeated at home at 9-0 and have a 6-0-2 away record. Their only loss was at a neutral location to Cardinal Gibbons in a penalty shootout.

Wake Forest played Apex Friendship at home in the third round of the 4A state playoffs Wednesday night, but the results did not reach press deadline.

Franklin Academy had four different players score two goals in the win against Falls Lake. Mateo Espinoza, Jaxon Moseley, Max Bademian and Luis Peters all chipped in for the Patriots.

Franklin Academy outscored Falls Lake 4-1 in each half to come away with the 8-2 win. The Patriots have scored eight goals or more in a single game 11 times this season.

With the win, Franklin Academy improved to 21-2 overall. They have already improved their record from the previous year by three wins. The Patriots played conference rival Voyager Academy at home Wednesday night in the third round of the 1A state playoffs, but the results did not reach press deadline.

In other local soccer news, Heritage lost to Hoggard 2-1 in the second round of the 4A state playoffs last Saturday. The Huskies finished the season 16-6-3 overall.

Wakefield lost to Panther Creek 4-1 in the first round of the 4A state playoffs Nov. 6. The Wolverines finished the season 8-15-2 overall.

Franklinton lost to Walter M. Williams High School from Burlington 5-0 in the second round of the 3A state playoffs. The Red Rams finished the season 20-6-1 overall. It’s the first time Franklinton has won 20 games in a season since 2014 when they went 21-3-1.

The results of Wake Forest and Franklin Academy’s playoff matches will be published in next week’s print edition and online at