Monroe soccer nets historic win in midst of recent streak
MONROE – The Monroe soccer team has quietly built itself into a nice program over the past six seasons, but it may not have been until Sept. 26 that the Redhawks had validation of just how far they’ve come.
The Redhawks are 6-4-1 this year and seem destined to bounce back from last season, when their 9-12 finish broke a string of four consecutive winnings seasons.
Soccer’s down season was not exclusive in it of itself, however, as the Redhawks struggled in adjusting from 2A to 3A competition across the board in its athletic program last season. In addition, the Southern Carolinas is widely considered the top 3A conference in the state for its competitiveness at the top in a number of sports, so chalk last year up to growing pains.
But the Redhawks have gotten right back on track recently.
Monroe started with an impressive 5-3 win over Cuthbertson on Sept. 24, but two days later the Redhawks made history with a 3-2 overtime win over Charlotte Catholic.
The Cougars had led the Southern Carolinas with a perfect conference record before the loss to Monroe, and Redhawk athletic director Tim Niedermeier tweeted following the game that Monroe had likely never defeated Catholic in soccer.
The Redhawks didn’t have a letdown as they blasted Parkwood 5-1 on Oct. 1.
Monroe is 3-3 in league play and alone in fourth place and in good shape for the conference’s final automatic bid.
Gotro leads Warriors to bounceback win
INDIAN TRAIL – Freshman Zach Gotro had a foot in getting Metrolina Christian off a recent three-game slide in a much needed 5-2 win over Northside Christian on Sept. 27.
The Warriors were coming off a stretch during which they lost to Gaston Day (8-0 on Sept. 20), Christ the King (6-4, Sept. 24) and Hickory Grove Christian (in penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw on Sept. 25).
All three of those losses came on the road, but the Warriors had started the season 4-0 at home.
On Sept. 29, Metrolina returned home to host Northside Christian.
The teams entered intermission with Metrolina clinging to a 3-2 lead, but Gotro netted a hat trick to lead the second half charge the put the game away and lead the Warriors to a 5-2 win.
Daryl Perez had a goal and an assist, Aaron Yosief scored. Drake Thomas and Mason Harris added assists.
Sophomore Kyly Sparks made eight stops in goal to preserve the win.
Warriors soccer secures
three out of four
WEDDINGTON – The Weddington boys soccer team is getting hot down the stretch, and has now won three of its past four matches after shutting out Cuthbertson 2-0 on Oct. 1.
Weddington got rolling with a 9-0 win over Sun Valley on Sept. 12.
Noah Weisberg scored a pair of goals, and Andy Arndt, Benian Yao, Colin Price, Cooper Reinecke, Sean James, Simon Vilar and Tracy Ridley all added solo scores.
On Sept. 24, the Warriors suffered their only loss of the streak,
Reid Sutton scored for Weddington, but Marvin Ridge got solo strikes from Will Ventura, Ben Wood and Patrick Kiley to take the win.
Two days later, Weddington bounced back with a 4-0 shutout of Piedmont behind goal-scoring strikes from Arndt, Price, Yao and Vilar.
The Warriors opened October with a 2-0 win over rival Cuthbertson behind goals from Vilar and Yao.
Weddington is just 4-3-3 on the season, but at 4-1 in conference play, they sit just behind Charlotte Catholic (5-1) and Marvin Ridge (6-1) in the Southern Carolinas standings.
Weddington has two matches remaining with Charlotte Catholic (Oct. 4 after the Union County Weekly press deadline) and on the road Oct. 15.
The Warriors will get a chance for their 3-1 loss to Marvin Ridge when they travel to Marvin on Oct. 17.