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River Mill’s best soccer season ends in 3rd round OT loss; Western falls in 2nd round of state playoffs


By Bob Sutton

Special to The Alamance News

River Mill’s boys’ soccer team made it to the third round of the Class 1-A state playoffs before Monday’s setback to visiting East Wake.

Seventh-seeded East Wake scored twice in the second overtime session for a 3-1 victory, moving on to the East Region semifinals.

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The best season in program history for No. 2 seed River Mill (21-3) came to a close. Braydon Gregory scored on a first-half assist from Colton Risen for the Jaguars, who took that 1-0 lead to halftime.

River Mill, the Central Tar Heel 1-A Conference champion, won a second-round game last Thursday by topping visiting No. 15 seed Eno River 4-2. Diego Gonzalez and Isaac Gonzalez each had two goals, while Gregory provided two assists and Risen posted one assist.

Class 3-A

Central 3-A Conference champion Western Alamance lost in the second round, falling 2-1 to host Lee County last Thursday night in Sanford.

Each team scored in the first half before the seventh-seeded Yellow Jackets tallied the winner in the second half. No. 10 seed Western Alamance (15-6-3) had a 12-game unbeaten streak snapped.

The season ended for Lee County (19-7) on Monday night with a 2-1 loss at second-seeded Greenville Rose.

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