The Central Academy of Technology and Arts (CATA) boys soccer team shut out Parkwood, 9-0, on the road on Thursday to win their first conference title since 2015.
The Cougars have now won seven conference titles under head coach Jay Niessner.
“It’s a really great accomplishment for our kids, especially our 10 seniors who have worked so hard to get us back to this point,” Niessner said. “Being conference champs will get us a decent seed in the (3A) tournament and hopefully a few home games. … You can’t understate the importance of playing at home in the playoffs.”
Senior Natu Tewelde had two goals and three assists for CATA in Thursday’s win. Senior Jonathan Kamenick and junior Jose Dominguez also had two goals apiece. Sophomores Jason Frost, Anthony Fehlman, and Aaron Higgins scored one goal each. Senior goalkeepers Noah Babineau and Seth Averill combined for five saves.
Central Academy (13-6-3) will open the 3A playoffs with a home match against North Davidson on Monday. The Wolfpack concludes their season at 3-14-2.
Weddington 2, Marvin Ridge 0
Weddington High concluded the regular season with a 2-0 home win over Marvin Ridge Wednesday night to win its second straight Southern Carolina Conference championship. Head coach Powell Williams’ team swept the Mavericks for the first time since 2015.
Ten minutes into the match, senior Vasilly Limbanovnos punched in the first goal of the game to put Weddington up 1-0. The Warriors scored once more in the second half, when senior Gavin Scott cut through the defense and scored on an assist from Everett Scott. Sophomore Zack Beausoleil also had an assist for the Warriors.
Weddington improved to 12-3-3 overall and will host Ragsdale in the first round of the 4A playoffs on Monday. Marvin Ridge concludes its season with a 3-12-4 record.
Monroe 4, Forest Hills 2
The Monroe Redhawks (10-9-1) surprised the Forest Hills Yellow Jackets (14-5-3) with a 4-2 home win on Thursday. Both teams conclude the regular season with a second-place tie in the Rocky River Conference.
Head coach Hugo Tello’s team has won five straight matches since losing to Forest Hills on Oct. 12. Both teams qualified for the postseason. Forest Hills will travel to Walkertown in the first round of the 2A playoffs, and Monroe hosts Bandys.
Porter Ridge 5, Sun Valley 1
Head coach Ron Ladimir’s team improved to 14-2-4 overall after scoring four goals in the first half en route to a 5-1 road win at Sun Valley (11-9-1) on Wednesday night.
The Spartans scored within the first six minutes when senior Rami Zeitouni received an assist from Haakon Arneson.
Porter Ridge responded with a balanced attack. Five different players score one goal each, including seniors Kaiden Perdue, Hayden Barzoff, Kevin Perez and Nathan Ladimir,, and sophomore Troy Perdue.
Pirates goalkeeper Henry Cerom had four saves while Sun Valley freshman Ben Sandoval tallied 14 saves.
The Pirates will host Charlotte Catholic in the first round on Monday, and Sun Valley travels to Lake Norman.
Cuthbertson 5, Piedmont 0
The Cuthbertson Cavaliers (10-6-1) earned its fourth shutout win of the season with a 5-0 home win over Piedmont on Wednesday night. This is their second 10-win season under head coach Kevin Flynn.
Cuthbertson finished third in SCC play and will travel to South Mecklenburg in the first round on Monday. Piedmont concludes its Fall 2021 campaign at 6-13-2.
Union County’s Final Regular Season Boys Soccer Standings
4A Southern Carolina Conference
Team Conf. Overall
Weddington 8-1-1 12-3-3
Porter Ridge 6-1-3 14-2-4
Cuthbertson 7-3 10-6-1
Marvin Ridge 3-5-2 3-12-4
Sun Valley 3-7 11-9-1
Piedmont 0-10 6-13-2
2A/3A Rocky River Conference
CATA 8-1-1 13-6-3
Forest Hills 7-2-1 14-5-3
Monroe 7-2-1 10-9-1
West Stanly 4-5-1 8-9-3
Parkwood 2-7 3-14-2
Anson 0-10 0-10
1A/2A Yadkin Valley Conference
Gray Stone Day 11-1 15-4
Union Academy 10-2 14-5
JM Robinson 9-3 12-7-3
Mt. Pleasant 6-6 7-13
North Stanly 3-9 3-14
South Stanly 2-10 2-11
Albemarle 1-11 1-12