Asheboro, N.C. (November 4, 2017) – The Southwestern Randolph varsity soccer team advanced to round 3 of the North Carolina 3-A State Soccer Playoffs with a 1-0 win over Watauga. It was a hard-fought battle, but the Cougars walked away victorious. Their overall record improves to 22-3.
The Pioneers of Watauga had a mission coming into this game and that was to try and contain senior #7 Carlos Cuadros. Cuadros has been a player on the field that places fear in defenders when he possesses the ball. The Pioneers’ senior defender #3 Adam Winek was assigned to cover Cuadros every second of the game, but it also limited Winek who hardly touch the ball all night. Teams facing the Cougars have seen the damage Cuadros can cause if left to roam the field, but tonight it was a lone penalty kick by senior #19 Enrique Ramerez that would give the Cougars the win. It was a very physical game, one to the likens that the Cougars have not experience much this season. The Pioneers struggled with the excellent footwork and ball control of the Cougars.
“This is the first time Cuadros has been marked this season and I am glad the team got to see and experience that early in the tournament,” said soccer head coach Jimmy Walker. “You could tell that Watauga’s #3 Winek was playing out of his element having to stay on Cuadros at all times and he even looked uncomfortable.”
SWR will now have to travel to Concord, N.C. to take on 4th ranked Cox Mill on Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 p.m. The Chargers record is 15-4-3 overall and 9-1 in conference play. They defeated (20) Tuscola to advance to the 3rd round of the playoffs.