East Gaston pushes into second round

MOUNT HOLLY – River Hawkins doesn’t like to lose. But if he must, there better be a lesson at the end of it.

In cruise control coming out of spring break last month, the East Gaston girls soccer team was awakened from its slumber in the form of an 8-0 loss to undefeated South Point.

“South Point should be No. 1 in 3A West, in my opinion, ”said East Gaston girls soccer coach River Hawkins. “They have a lot of talented players and handled us pretty well. To be honest, that loss humbled us a bit because we were on a bit of a run.

“At the time, we had given up only eight goals all season. You come and play a talented team like that, it really lets you know you’re not as good as you thought you were. ”

East Gaston's Grace Doster dribbles past a West Wilkes defender during her team's 7-0 win on May 16, 2022.

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Though not at the level of a South Point, East Gaston’s response in the six games since falling to its nearby rival has shown the Warriors aren’t too shabby themselves.

A memorable season for East Gaston added another chapter on Tuesday, the co-Southern Piedmont 1A / 2A champions claiming a 7-0 victory over West Wilkes in the first round of the 2A West girls soccer playoffs. It is the first playoff victory for the Lady Warriors since 2010.

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