Wheatmore Warriors head back to girls’ soccer state final

Summer Bowman of Wheatmore heads the ball for a goal against Pine Lake Prep on Tuesday night. (PJ Ward-Brown/Randolph Record)

MOORESVILLE – Wheatmore is heading back to the Class 2-A final with a chance to repeat as state champion in girls’ soccer.

Summer Bowman scored three goals as the Warriors boosted a state record by winning their 49th consecutive game Tuesday night, topping host Pine Lake Prep 5-2 in the West Region final.

Ellie Garrison racked up two goals. She has a single-season state record of 94 goals.

“A special night for us, having a chance to repeat,” Wheatmore coach Ricky Maness said.

Wheatmore (24-0) meets Manteo (24-0-2), a 2-1 winner against top-seeded Clinton in the East Region final, in the state championship game at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at UNC Greensboro Soccer Stadium.

For the second year in a row, the Warriors advanced to the title game by winning the West Region final on the road.

Wheatmore was up 3-1 midway through the first half and that held up through halftime.

Pine Lake Prep (20-2-2) had a 13-game unbeaten streak end.

By Randolph Record