Wheatmore’s Ellie Garrison controls the ball as Wilkes Central’s Lydia Mayes falls during Monday night’s girls’ soccer game in the state playoffs. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)
TRINITY – Wheatmore’s girls’ soccer team has been on the fast track in Class 2-A state playoffs.
Looking to repeat as state champions, the Warriors improved their record to 22-0 by defeating seventh-seeded Wilkes Central 6-1 in Monday night’s third-round game.
Ellie Garrison scored three goals, Summer Bowman scored two and Natalie Bowman had one goal. Wilkes Central fell to 15-6.
Next is Thursday night’s home game against No. 14 seed Community School of Davidson.
Monday’s result came after two convincing victories to begin the postseason last week.
Wheatmore’s first-round 9-0 shelling of No. 31 seed Shelby included six goals from Garrison. Summer Bowman had two goals and Mikalah Walls notched the other. Natalie Bowman provided four assists.
In the second round, the Warriors flattened No. 15 seed Forbush 7-0 with Garrison and Summer Bowman each racking up three goals. Kaitlyn Vazquez had the other goal.
Also in Class 2-A, No. 17 seed Providence Grove suffered a 1-0 overtime loss to No. 17 seed Black Mountain Owen in the first round. The Patriots finished with a 12-8-2 record.
No. 28 seed Randleman (7-9-1) lost 3-1 at fifth-seeded East Gaston, while No. 29 seed Southwestern Randolph (9-10-1) was bounced 8-0 by fourth-seeded Hendersonville.
** In Class 1-A, Uwharrie Charter Academy fell 5-2 at second-seeded Christ the King in the second round.
No. 18 seed UCA (8-11-2) began the tournament by defeating No. 15 seed Gray Stone Day School 3-0 with Kendall Jarrell scoring twice and Ivy Redding scoring once. Goalkeeper Abbie Gudino was tracked for 13 saves.
** In Class 3-A, 16th-seeded North Henderson handled 17th-seeded Asheboro 3-0. The Blue Comets ended with a 9-7-4 record.