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High school soccer teams set for state playoffs

Cougars and Patriots finish regular season as conference champs

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WAKE FOREST — This week, local high school soccer teams will kick off the postseason in the first round of the state playoffs. Here is how everything is playing out so far. Wake Forest won the NAC 6 conference championship for the first time this season. The Cougars went undefeated in conference play at 10-0 and beat second-place Heritage twice during the regular season. Wake Forest will head into the 4A state playoffs as the No. 2 overall seed in the east region with an overall record of 16-1-2. Their only loss of the year was in a penalty shootout with Cardinal Gibbons Sept. 14. The Cougars will have a bye week in the first round and then play the winner of the Middle Creek vs Enloe match Saturday Nov. 9 at home. Heritage finished the regular season with an overall record of 15-5-3 and 8-2 in NAC 6 conference play. The Huskies led the conference with 86 goals this year. Heritage entered the 4A state playoffs as a No. 11 seed.

Wakefield just made the 4A state playoffs as a No. 24 seed with an overall record of 8-14-2. The Wolverines finished third in the NAC 6 conference with a 5-5 conference record. In 3A, Franklinton goes into the state playoffs as a No. 14 seed after finishing with an overall record of 19-5-1. The Red Rams finished second in the Big East conference after losing to first-place Fike 3-2 in overtime in the conference tournament championship Oct. 31. In 1A, Franklin Academy won the North Central conference with an overall record of 20-2 and 16-1 in conference play. The Patriots earned the No. 1 overall seed in the east region after beating Voyager Academy in a 4-3 penalty shootout Friday Nov. 1. Franklin Academy earned a bye week for the first round and will play the winner of the Falls Lake Academy vs Henderson Collegiate match in the second round Saturday Nov. 9 at home.

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