Warlassies avenge playoff loss to advance to third round
The 2018 season for the Owen Warlassies ended with the team’s first trip to the third round of the NCHSAA 2A state soccer playoffs, where they fell 2-0 to Salisbury.
This year, the Warlassies find themselves back in the third round after a strong performance in rounds one and two, including a 3-1 home win over the team eliminated them a season ago.
Owen, which enters its Wednesday, May 15 road match against former conference rival Hendersonville, entered the playoffs as a number 8 seed with a 15-2-1 record. The team was 0-2-1 through the first three games of the season before winning 15 straight in the regular season.
The Warlassies opened the playoffs with an 8-2 home victory over Smoky Mountain on May 7. Owen outscored the Mustangs 4-1 in the first half before adding to the lead in the final half.
The win set up a May 10 rematch against Salisbury, which entered the contest with a 20-2 mark.
Owen carried a 1-0 lead into the half and posted a 2-1 advantage over the Hornets to close out the contest.
The Warlassies will face a familiar opponent in the third round when they travel to Hendersonville to take on the Bearcats, who were the Western Highlands Conference champions in 2016 and 2017 before they were moved to the Mountain 6 Conference prior to the 2018 school year.
Since Henderonsville’s exit from the WHC, Owen has gone 20-0 in the conference. The Bearcats, who are 20-1-1 heading into the third round, posted a 10-0 record in the Mountain 6.
The last time Owen faced off against Hendersonville, the Bearcats left Warhorse Stadium with a 3-1 victory. Hendersonville made it to the fourth round of the playoffs in 2018 before Lake Norman Charter School eliminated them with a 2-0 win.
The Warlassies scored 90 goals this season and given up 16. The Bearcats have allowed only 12 goals and scored 127 as a team.
The playoff match begins at 6 p.m.