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Hickory soccer coach Brian Jillings had a message to his team Wednesday night before taking the field at home against Charlotte Catholic in the 3-A West region final. He wanted his team to make it memorable.
â€śNow we have to do it all over again,â€ť he said.
The Red Tornadoes scored two goals in the first half and hung on the rest of the match to defeat Charlotte Catholic 2-1. Hickory plays at 1 p.m. Saturday at N.C. State against the winner of the 3-A East final between Jacksonville and Raleigh Cardinal Gibbons.
This is the Red Tornadoesâ€™ first trip to the state championship since 2001.
The Red Tornadoes jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the stateâ€™s top-ranked 3-A team. Robert Liljeberg flicked the ball with his right foot to the left side of the goal â€” giving Hickory a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute â€” on an assist from Drew Hilton. Michael Delong scored an insurance goal 12 minutes later on a shot from the right side of the field, and Carlos Sevilla got the assist on Hickoryâ€™s second goal of the night.
Kyle Luckie scored the Cougarsâ€™ lone goal in the match in the 34th minute on a header set up by a 30-yard pass from Adam Zeitouni.View more articles in: