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Changing directions, Mooresville senior forward Andrew Quintero rides point trailed by classmate teammates and fellow midfielders Matthew Arqueta (8) and Peyton Hayes (23) while trying to steer the ball back downfield during first-round against host Providence during first-round play in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class playoffs.

A determined bid by visiting Mooresville High School’s boys soccer team to register a huge upset in first-round action in the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s 4A class postseason play fell just short in a 1-0 decision suffered against Charlotte Providence.

Play in the opening-round affair took place Wednesday night.

With the loss, the Blue Devils closed up shop for their season with an overall 11-10-1 record. The end took its time coming.

The Devils, the No. 24 seed among the teams making up the NCHSAA’s West Region bracket, matched up opposite No. 9 Providence.

Mooresville, the fourth-place finisher during regular-season play in its I-Meck Conference ranks, kept Providence’s Panthers, runners-up within their South Meck Conference, well within sight throughout with only the lone successful goal scored during the bout serving as the difference.

The loss completed the season for Mooresville in what was just its second setback suffered in its last five appearances.

The outcome denied the Devils the right to match their previous season’s effort of making it as far as the second round of the playoffs.

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