GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — And then there were two, both within a win of playing for a state championship.
J.H. Rose and Greene Central advanced in the NC High School Athletic Association state soccer playoffs on Thursday with victories. Rose (22-2-1), the No. 2 seed in the Class 3-A East bracket, rolled to a 5-0 victory over Jacksonville (19-5-2) while Greene Central, the No. 5 seed in the Class 2-A East bracket, beat top-seeded Clinton (22-3-1), 2-1 in overtime.
Rose will go to top-seeded First Flight (20-0-1) on Tuesday at 6 to square off in the East final. The winner will face either Hickory or Enka, who are playing in the Class 3-A West final, in the state title game either on November 17 or 18.
Greene Central will go to Franklin Academy (18-4-3), the No. 2 seed, on Tuesday to play in the East final. The winner will face either Owen or Community School of Davidson, the top two seeds playing in the West final, on November 17 or 18.
Peyton Williams-Finn scored the only goal of the first half for Rose. The Rampants poured it on after that. Landen Lucas scored twice for Rose in the second half to put the game away.
“First time we’ve ever made it to the fourth round, coming into the fifth round next, I guess. And then one more after that so job’s not done,” Rose coach Joey MAlduff said. “But yeah, absolutely excited for the boys.
“And, I mean, Rose Athletics is unprecedented. If you walk that hallway, there is state champion after state champion after state champion, and we’re just trying to make our way as well.”
The game was the last for Jacksonville coach Dave Miller, who is retiring after 22 seasons as head coach. He also coached the girls’ program for 24 seasons.
Greene Central and Clinton went to overtime before the Rams won it on a goal scored by Miguel Zavala. The Rams are trying to make it back to the state finals for the first time since the 2021 season when they lost to Shelby.
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- 1st Round Playoffs: October 30
- 2nd Round Playoffs: November 2
- 3rd Round Playoffs: November 6
- 4th Round Playoffs: November 9
- Regionals: November 14
- State Championships – Day 1: November 17
- State Championships – Day 2: November 18