4 local soccer teams make postseason field

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A total of four area boys soccer teams are set to begin their respective quests for a state championship after qualifying for the playoffs this week. 

During the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) brackets unveiling Friday morning, Hobbton, Midway, Harnett Central and Triton were selected for the postseason.

Here's a short breakdown of each team, along with their first-round matchups starting Monday, Nov. 1. 

Hobbton (3-15, 2-8 Carolina 1A) 

The Wildcats endured a down season and saw their consecutive conference championships streak end after finishing fifth in the league. 

Tabbed as the No. 24 seed in the 1A East bracket, Hobbton is set to take on ninth-seeded Wilson Prep (4-5).

Hobbton enters the postseason winning three of its final four contests.

Midway (10-8, 4-6 Southeastern Athletic 2A) 

Following a 5-0 start, the Raiders hit a rough patch near the middle of its 2021 schedule and ultimately finished fifth in its league standings. 

No. 19 Midway hits the road to face 14th-seeded Washington (13-5-1) on Monday. 

Felipe Penick-Aguilar (22 goals) and Abraham Florido (15 goals, eight assists) power the Raiders offense, while senior keeper Jake Hammond mans the goal. 

Harnett Central (11-5, 10-2 All American 3A/4A) 

A breakthrough campaign saw the Trojans win eight straight contests before eventually sharing the regular-season league title. 

No. 9 Central hosts No. 24 Northwood (11-9-1) for a first-round matchup in the 3A East bracket.

The Trojans, coming off a loss in the conference tournament semifinals, are led by sophomore striker Adrian Flores (12 goals) and DeShawn Carty (49 saves).

Triton (14-7, 8-4 All American 3A/4A)

The Hawks return to the postseason again following a third-place finish in the conference standings behind Central and Terry Sanford. 

Carrying the No. 22 seed, Triton is paired with 11th-seeded Franklinton.

After a season-long five-game win streak, the Hawks enter the postseason losers of three of their last four outings. 

Benny Villalvazo's 22 goals lead three Triton players with double-digit totals this fall.

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