If West Columbus Boys Soccer fails to make the 2017 playoffs, it still has been a good season for Coach Marc Edge’s squad. The Vikings defeated East Columbus 4-2 to complete a sweep of its county rival. Earlier this season, West Columbus defeated South Columbus. This is the first time in Viking Boys Soccer history it has conquered South and East Columbus in the same season.
Wednesday’s match was tied at two-all before the Vikings scored twice in the second half and goalie Jason Trevino kept East Columbus off the scoreboard. Mario Perez, Delorian Smith and Austin Booth scored goals for West Columbus. Perez and Elmer Lopez were credited with assists.
East Columbus is expected to earn the single 1A TRC automatic bid as its 3-10-1 record edges West Columbus’ mark of 3-11. With 1A Boys Soccer playoffs reduced to 48 teams, West Columbus will be hard-pressed to earn a wildcard spot. West Columbus entered the week ranked 64th among 1A Boys Soccer teams.
Visiting Whiteville won a hard-fought battle with South Columbus 2-1. Jake Inman and Ethan Bass scored for Whiteville. Cirilo Gonzalez and Zach Storms were credited with assists. Brooks Baldwin had five saves in goal.
Whiteville closed out regular season play with a 3-1 win at Red Springs Thursday. Vann Ciamillo, Ethan Bass and Nick Kaler scored goals for Whiteville. Ciamillo and Cirilo Gonzalez dished out assists. Brooks Baldwin had seven saves.
Whiteville finishes second in the TRC and earns an automatic bid to the playoffs. East Columbus and Whiteville’s first round opponents will be announced Monday. Opening round play is scheduled for Wednesday.
Final TRC BOYS SOCCER STANDINGS
East Bladen1 14-0
West Bladen 7-6-1
St. Pauls 6-6-2
Red Springs 6-7-1
East Columbus (1A)3 3-10-1
West Columbus (1A) 3-11
South Columbus 2-11-1
1 Clinched #1 2A seed
2 Clinched #2 2A seed
3 Clinched #1 1A seed
Whiteville 2 at South Columbus 1
West Bladen 0 at East Bladen 8
Red Springs 1 at St. Pauls 2
West Columbus 4 at East Columbus 2
Whiteville 3 @ Red Springs 1