Wheatmore, UCA girls hold best seeds from area for soccer playoffs

Randleman’s Carolina Candelero, left, and Providence Grove’s Taryn Waugh contend for possession during a game last month. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

Wheatmore has a challenging path to try to reach the Class 2-A state final for the third year in a row in girls’ soccer.

The Warriors hold the No. 6 seed in the West Region based on seeds and pairings unveiled Friday. First-round games are Monday.

Wheatmore, which was the 2022 state champion and last year’s runner-up, opens against No. 27 seed Lincoln Charter (4-10-2). The Warriors will be guaranteed another home game if they win.

Wheatmore lost a Piedmont Athletic Conference game for the first time since 2019 to end the regular season. Providence Grove defeated the visiting Warriors 5-3 in double overtime Wednesday night, snapping their nine-game winning streak.

Providence Grove (13-4-2) holds the No. 13 seed with a home date with No. 20 seed Forest Hills (13-6-1).

Three other PAC teams will be on the road in Class 2-A.

Randleman (4-10-1) takes the No. 28 seed to fifth-seeded Madison (15-1-2). No. 29 seed Trinity (7-10-3) goes to fourth-seeded East Davidson (14-6). No. 30 seed Southwestern Randolph (8-12-1) heads to third-seeded Wilkes Central (16-3).

Class 3-A

Asheboro (15-4-1), which tied for second place in the Mid-Piedmont Conference, is seeded 12th with a home game vs. No. 21 seed Kings Mountain (11-6-1).

Class 1-A

Uwharrie Charter Academy (13-5) checks in as the No. 3 seed with a first-round home game vs. Corvian Community (1-13).

Eastern Randolph (1-12-1) didn’t make the field.

By Randolph Record