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Mooresville High School’s boys soccer team spent the final busy full week of regular-season play trying it best to keep at least a foot present in the state’s playoff pool.

The Blue Devils danced around the weather to post wins in two of their final three matches all conducted within a hectic as-many-night span and now anxiously await pending postseason positioning that will be finalized early this week.

The Devils banked back-to-back triumphant efforts over West Charlotte, 9-0 and Vance, by a 3-2 decision in overtime before wrapping up the I-Meck Conference portion of regulation play in a 2-0 deflating blanking at the feet of Mallard Creek.

With the outcomes coming in waves to also complete the regulation segment of the season’s schedule, Mooresville ends that phase of its play with an 11-9-1 overall record that includes an 8-6 mark in conference competition.

It remains to be seen which of the two standards will carry the most clout in regards to the postseason possibility.

A set number of I-Meck teams will be awarded automatic inclusion in the playoff party. All other openings in the West Region bracket will be filled via the wild-card route based on the season’s overall won-loss efforts.

The Blue Devils helped their cause with the wins over West Charlotte and Vance, teams sitting underneath them in the I-Meck ranks, before being unable to additionally enhance such a status in the loss to a higher-standing Mallard Creek crew.

Officially, MHS placed in outright fourth-place in the final league standings. It remains to be known if that will be solid enough to land a coveted playoff bid.

Mooresville completed the season’s home-and-home series sweep over both West Charlotte’s Lions and Vance’s Cougars to also guarantee a winning record in all league-counting affairs. The Devils are the fourth of the four teams in the I-Meck to own a better than break-even barrier.

Meanwhile, the setback against Mallard Creek — the league’s third-place finishing entry — denied MHS the opportunity to better its picture in the playoff frame.

No additional individual information was available from any of the latest outings.

Mooresville will now wait patiently until the results of the N.C. High School Athletic Association’s soccer seedings within each of the state’s four classifications will be released Monday. Pairings will also be set for the start of postseason play that is penned to begin no later than Wednesday.

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