The third and ultimately final meeting of the ongoing boys high school soccer season between Langtree Charter Academy and familiar rival Union Academy proved to be particularly pleasing.
Following a pair of regular-season defeats dropped at the feet of fellow PAC-7 Conference member Union Academy’s Cardinals, Langtree’s Lions pulled somewhat of a surprise in the form of a narrow, 2-1 triumph in this week’s opening-round of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 1A class postseason play.
The affair marked the third such showdown between the two and second of them to be held on Monroe-based UA’s home field. It also was the first time during that trio of meetings that Langtree Charter emerged on top.
During the course of regular-season play, Langtree Charter endured defeats by scores of 5-3 and 4-2 to absorb the season’s home-and-home series sweep.
The first-round postseason rematch pitted Langtree’s No. 17 seed opposite that of the No. 16-seeded Union Cardinals. The outcome earned by the Lions was one of just two registered during first-round play in which a lower-seeded entry logged in with a victory.
Langtree, the fifth-place finisher during the course of regular-season play within the PAC-7 ranks, parlayed the mild upset over the fourth-place entry into the improving to the 13-10-1 mark for the season overall and the right to move on into second-round play.
Langtree legged in single goals during the course of each of the two halves while limiting Union Academy to a lone countering goal in the opening half of play. The two teams ended the first half of the opening-round match knotted in a 1-1 draw.
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The decision came complete with a caveat as well.
A reward for the first-round win, Langtree moved on in the West Region field to square off against overall No. 1 seeded Polk County in the round-two affair. That winner will then advance into third round play set to take place later this week.
The outcome served to allow the PAC-7 circuit to place a pair of immediate area-based entries as deep as the second round of the state boys soccer playoffs. Regular season champion Pine Lake Prep received a bye from the first round and will also make a round-two showing as well.
Play in the state’s NCHSAA boys soccer playoffs will continue through the crowning of the respective champions in each of the four classifications that will take place later this month.