NCHSAA state soccer playoff brackets released

Published 12:54 pm Monday, November 4, 2019

Three Stanly soccer teams have qualified for the 2019 NCHSAA state playoffs with first-round matchups opening Wednesday.

Brackets were updated late Monday afternoon due to two teams being included in the playoffs incorrectly.

In a statement from the NCHSAA, Commissioner Que Tucker said the staff made an error including Avery in the 1A playoffs and Madison in 2A.

“Neither team was eligible this year due to an on-field incident in a game between the schools. Due to the aforementioned incident, both schools exceeded the limit for ejections from a single incident which carries a penalty of a post-season ban. The NCHSAA regrets the mistake. We appreciate all constituents’ patience with a very detailed and multi-faceted seeding process,” the statement read.

2A Playoffs

The West Stanly Colts (10-11) earned a No. 14 seed in the 32-team 2A West Region bracket and will be at home Wednesday versus No. 19 Forbush (16-7-1). Sports Editors’ Note: The previous was updated Tuesday morning to reflect the new brackets.

The winner of the matchup faces either No. 2 Hibriten (21-1-2) or No. 31 Lake Norman Charter (6-13).

1A Playoffs

Two squads from Stanly will compete in the 24-team 1A West region bracket this week.

No. 3 Gray Stone (17-2-1) has earned a bye in the first-round and will host either No. 14 Highland Tech (11-7-2) or 19th-seeded Avery County (8-8-3) Saturday.

Albemarle has qualified for the postseason receiving an at-large bid. The No. 20 seed, the Bulldogs (8-8) will travel to No. 13 Lincoln Charter (13-8-1). Sports Editor’s Note: The information on Albemarle was changed as of Tuesday morning due to a change in the seedings.

About Charles Curcio

Charles Curcio has served as the sports editor of the Stanly News & Press for more than 16 years and has written numerous news and feature storeis as well. He was awarded the NCHSAA Tim Stevens Media Representative of the Year and named CNHI Sports Editor of the Year in 2014. He has also won an award from Boone Newspapers, and has won four North Carolina Press Association awards.

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