Asheboro’s Daniel Gutierrez has helped the Blue Comets to a top spot in the Mid-Piedmont Conference standings. (Randolph Record file photo)
Southwestern Randolph and Randleman both won twice in PAC competition last week to remain tied for first place in the Piedmont Athletic Conference boys’ soccer standings.
The teams entered this week with 10-1 conference records with one league game remaining.
State playoffs will begin this weekend.
Southwestern Randolph blew past host Eastern Randolph 7-0 and upended visiting Wheatmore 8-1.
Southwestern Randolph’s Joseph Avina and David Dominguez each had two goals and Dominguez added two assists against Eastern Randolph.
In the Wheatmore game, Fernando Hernandez poured in four goals to go with two assists, while Dominguez and Avina also scored in that matchup to go along with a goal and an assist from Kaleb Freeman.
Randleman trounced visiting Uwharrie Charter Academy 6-0 and toppled host Providence Grove 5-2.
For Randleman, Chris Lopez and Francisco Vences each had two goals against UCA. Owen Leonard scored two goals and Christian Garcia had a goal and two assists in the Providence Grove game.
The Tigers added a 4-1 non-conference victory against visiting Oak Grove with Garcia posting three goals and Chris Ayala scoring the other.
** Asheboro suffered its first Mid-Piedmont Conference loss with a 4-3 decision to visiting North Davidson.
Diego Bustamante provided a goal and an assist for Asheboro, which entered this week with a one-game lead atop the league standings with two games remaining.
Earlier last week, the Blue Comets blistered host Central Davidson 6-2 behind two goals apiece from Edwin Smith and Diego Bustamante.
Blair Thomas of Asheboro advanced to the Class 3-A state tournament later this week at Burlington Tennis Center based on a top-four finish in the Midwest Regionals.
Thomas won twice on the first day of the rain-delayed regional at Spartan Park in Huntersville to reach the semifinals and clinch a spot in the state tournament.
At Archdale, Providence Grove was the overwhelming winner of the PAC Tournament last Thursday at Holly Ridge Golf Links.
The Patriots shot a team score of 752 compared to runner-up Trinity’s 832. Southwestern Randolph was next with 860, followed by Wheatmore (894) and Eastern Randolph (923) among schools with full scoring teams.