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Lake Norman’s boys soccer team has pronounced itself poised and prepared for postseason play.

The Wildcats picked up their third straight win — for the second longest win streak of the season — and made a success of their final homefield appearance of the regulation segment of the schedule courtesy of a 2-1 nudging past I-Meck Conference foe North Mecklenburg.

Staying on a late-season surge, Lake Norman prevailed for the eighth time in its last nine appearances dating back to the final match in September. This practically guaranteed status in securing a coveted playoff berth when the N.C. High School Athletic Association finalizes the seeding process no later than Monday.

The Wildcats continued to keep their priorities in place, improving to the 11-8-2 level overall that includes an 11-3 ledger in all crucial conference contests. The latter slate is the one carrying the most clout in regards to meriting automatic involvement in state postseason play.

LNHS polished off an outright sole ownership of the runner-up placement in the final updated I-Meck standings, a position that locks up one of the number of invites extended to the league for the start of the playoffs.

First-round matches are slated to take place no later than the middle of the upcoming week.

The Wildcats bagged their fifth sweeping of a season’s home-and-home series set opposite a fellow I-Meck foe with the besting of North Mecklenburg in the former’s regular-season home field finale.

The Wildcats pulled free from a 1-1 deadlock in place at the intermission break to log in with the only successful strike managed by either team during the second half.

No additional individual information was available.

The NCHSAA is scheduled to convene for the purpose of releasing the state’s boys soccer postseason field Monday. Opening round matches to be held on the home fields of higher-seeded entries are slated to get underway by Wednesday.

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