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NHS Boys Soccer wins county championship, disqualified from state

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Posted on: November 10, 2022

Although the Northwestern High School boys soccer team won the Prince George’s County Public Schools soccer championship on Oct. 25, with an outstanding season record of eight wins, two ties and zero losses, they were disqualified from the postseason state championship and forfeited the one game they played.

The state championship is organized by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association. After a bye in the quarterfinals of the championship, the Northwestern Wildcats defeated the High Point Eagles on Oct. 28 to advance to the region finals.

On Oct. 31, though, the team announced on Instagram that they had been disqualified from the state championship. “It was fun while it lasted. Good luck to all of our seniors who were sold a dream,” the post read.

While the Wildcats’ Instagram post did not provide a reason for the disqualification, WTOP reported that it was due to the use of an ineligible player during the season and the semifinal game against High Point. The school system requires students to maintain a 2.0 GPA to play sports, as well as to play for their local school.

The Wildcats forfeited the postseason game they won against High Point; the online tournament bracket has been updated to reflect a loss. 

Northwestern won the state championship last year, their first state championship title since 1995. No decision had been announced as to whether the team will be stripped of this year’s county championship title, as of press time.

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