By Earl Vaughan Jr., Correspondent

Senior Marcos da Paz said sometimes it takes a little while for the Fayetteville Academy soccer team to build intensity. But once it happens, there’s little the opposition can do to contain it.

Visiting Westchester Country Day learned that lesson Tuesday at the Fayetteville Academy field as da Paz scored the first three Eagle goals en route to a 4-0 win in the semifinals of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 2-A soccer playoffs.

Fayetteville Academy, the top-seeded team in the tournament, improves to 17-1-1 and advances to Saturday’s state championship match, which ironically will be played at Westchester’s home field in High Point.

The Eagles will face a familiar opponent, Coastal Christian, which defeated Asheville Christian 3-0 in Tuesday’s other semifinal match.

Fayetteville Academy has already beaten Coastal twice this year by scores of 5-2 and 3-0. Coastal brings a 16-7-1 record into the noon match.

The game between the Academy and Westchester was scoreless until the final three minutes of the first half. Fayetteville Academy had dominated much of the offensive play in the first half but had been unable to score against Westchester.

That ended when Hudson Zeisman found da Paz with a pass and the latter drove the ball into the right corner of the net.

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