The West wound up with an empty net to show for its efforts in last weekend’s state N.C. High School Athletic Association boys soccer championship finals.
With title-clinching matches in each of the NCHSAA’s four classifications taking place at the WakeMed Soccer Park’s Koka Booth Stadium site in Cary, each of the respective West Regional representatives wound up being denied coveted crowns.
With the action actually getting underway first with the playing of the state’s 2A class clash, the East’s Dixon High prevented the West Region’s No. 1 seeded East Lincoln entry from polishing off an overall undefeated season with a 3-2 decision.
Next to hit the stage was the 4A class affair in which the East Region’s Wake Forest out-dueled the West winner R.J. Reynolds, 2-0, to snare the state title.
In the 3A class tussle taking place in the early afternoon, the East Region’s Williams slipped its way past the West Region kingpin Charlotte Catholic, 3-2, to prevail.
And in the 1A class match used to cap the events, the East’s Franklin Academy overcome the West Region rep Christ the King, 3-2, to complete the sweep.
In the only area-based connection, the West Region winner Christ the King eliminated Pine Lake Prep by a 1-0 score during the course of third-round play.
The conducting of the boys soccer state championship contests served to draw that phase of the fall season to a close, leaving only the ongoing football playoffs that will extend into December as the only fall sport in the NCHSAA still taking place.