The Greensboro Day School Bengals were playing the #2 team in the country, but all they needed to know was they were hosting a local rival from ? miles away.
The High Point Wesleyan Christian Academy was riding a 42-game winning streak. That run is over after Janse Schermerhorn stuck in a goal in the 14th minute of play, and the Pirates made it hold up for a 1-0 victory.
It was the first loss for Weslyan since Oct. 17, 2011. The last team to beat the Trojans was GDS, 2-1,
Wesleyan was 13-0 this season and ranked #2 in the NSCAA Boys Fall High School National rankings. They have won back-to-back NC. private school state championships, and despite the loss, are still considered a candidate for another at the end of the season.
After the game, the emotions on the sidelines could not have been more different as one team celebrated, and the other took their loss hard.
The Bengels, who moved to 13-1-1 with the win, realized that they were facing a big challenge going into the game.
“We were talking about it before the game,” offered GDS senior Pearce Veazey in an interview with the Greensboro News and Record. “It’s hard to beat teams that have formed habits like that.
“Those guys are used to winning. You can see it right now, they’re devastated.”
For now, Weslyan will keep its national ranking, but GDS is likely to move ahead in the weekly state poll.
The Bengels and Trojans will meet again on October 8. Regardless of who wins that one, expect the score to be close. It always is.
Greensboro Day and Wesleyan have combined to win the last four NCISAA Class 3-A state tites.
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