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Hickory goal-keeper Andrew McMillan lunges for the ball in a futile attempt to save a score by Robert Bear of Patrick Henry in the first half of the state soccer playoffs.  Hickory edged the Patriots 2-1.


Hickory goal-keeper Andrew McMillan lunges for the ball in a futile attempt to save a score by Robert Bear of Patrick Henry in the first half of the state soccer playoffs.  Hickory edged the Patriots 2-1.
Hickory goal-keeper Andrew McMillan lunges for the ball in a futile attempt to save a score by Robert Bear of Patrick Henry in the first half of the state soccer playoffs. Hickory edged the Patriots 2-1.

Patrick Henry’s first ever trip to the boys soccer Group AAA state playoffs ended Tuesday night on its home field, with a 2-1 loss to Hickory. Coach Chris Dowdy’s team finishes the season at 20-2. The Patriots lose four seniors from this year’s squad.

“These guys have put a ton of work in,” Dowdy said after the regional win over Gar-Field, noting that many of their players began training for the season two weeks after they were eliminated from the Northwest Region tournament last May. “It’s been phenomenal to see the school rally around our team – it’s something PH has needed for a long time, I think.”