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Hickory soccer falls in state title match

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CARY — The Hickory boys soccer team came up just short in Friday night's 3A state championship match against Western Alamance, falling 1-0 on a penalty kick in the 77th minute. The contest was played at Koka Booth Field at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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Seeded 21st, East Regional champion Western Alamance defeated higher seeded teams in each round of the postseason. The Warriors end the season at 19-5-1, while the third-seeded Red Tornadoes finish at 22-4-1.

West Regional champion Hickory allowed just two goals in six playoff matches, winning 9-1 over Ben L. Smith in the opening round before shutting out St. Stephens, North Henderson, Central Academy and Concord in Rounds 2 through 5. The Red Tornadoes outscored opponents 81-22 overall this season.

Look for a more in-depth story about Friday's 3A state title match at www.hickoryrecord.com on Saturday afternoon and in Sunday's edition of the Hickory Daily Record.

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