The West Wilkes soccer team was held scoreless at Hendersonville in the first round of the 2A state playoffs on Tuesday, 5-0.

“It was an intense and physical game,” said Quintin Parsons, the West assistant coach. “The match was played at a high pace and Hendersonville is probably the best team we played all year.”

Hendersonville sophomore Cooper King had a pair of goals against West and was Coach Stuart Scott’s player of the game. King also had an assist.

Senior Mateo Zambrano scored on a penalty kick and assisted on another goal for the Bearcats. Levi Hord and Nick Hampton had the other two goals for the hosts.

James Haden, a senior, posted the shutout in goal for Hendersonville.

The Blackhawks finish the season at 7-4-2 while the 9-2 Bearcats will play at top-seeded Hibriten on Thursday.

“I’m proud of all 15 players that stayed around this season,” said Parsons. “It was a fun and intense season that had a lot of good moments. Everyone played hard this year and we worked towards a common goal of making state this year and taking it a step up.”

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