UCA bows out in Class 1-A soccer

Uwharrie Charter Eagles Danny Palma scores a goal on a PK in the first half against Mt. Airy during the 3rd round of the NCHSAA 1A West playoffs in Mount Airy (PJ WARD-BROWN/NORTH STATE JOURNAL)

MT. AIRY – Uwharrie Charter Academy’s season ended in boys’ soccer with a 4-2 loss to host Mt. Airy on Monday night in the third round of the Class 1-A state playoffs.

“We’ve had an amazing season, the best season our school has ever had,” UCA coach Nathan Russell said. “We gave it our absolute all. It just didn’t fall our way.”

Sixth-seeded UCA (12-4-1) allowed a season-high goal total. It gave up three goals in two games for the previous high surrendered, while securing 10 shutouts.

Mt. Airy (25-0) led 3-1 at halftime.

Last week, Danny Palma scored two goals and Brady Mowers notched an assist when UCA defeated visiting Winston-Salem Carver 2-1 in a second-round game.

In Class 2-A, ninth-seeded Trinity dropped a 1-0 decision at eighth-seeded Pine Lake Prep in last week’s second round. Trinity’s season ended with a 12-7-1 record.


At Walkertown, Faith Christian suffered a 3-1 loss to host Gospel Light on Oct. 22 in the first round of the state playoffs in the North Carolina Christian School Association.

That outcome snapped a two-game winning streak for the Eagles (7-7-1).

Faith Christian had completed a NCCSA AA District 2-West Region season with a second-place spot with a 6-4 league mark.

After the tournament loss, the Eagles took part in the NCCSA national tournament in Xenia, Ohio. They fell 4-0 to Life Center Academy of Burlington, N.J.

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