Chapel Hill and East Chapel Hill will stage an earlier than usual version of their intense soccer rivalry Thursday night in the finals of The O.C. invitational tournament.
The cross-town rivals will play at 8 p.m. Thursday on the campus of Carrboro High School in The O.C.'s championship game. That match will be preceded by Carrboro hosting Jordan-Matthews in the third-place consolation final at 6 p.m.
Over at Culbreth Middle School, Cedar Ridge will play Cary Academy at 5 p.m. Thursday, and Northwood will face Western Alamance at 7 p.m.
The O.C. junior varsity championship will be played tonight at 6 p.m. at Culbreth, featuring Carrboro against Chapel Hill.
In Tuesday's championship semifinals for the varsities, Chapel Hill fought off the talented and still under-rated visitors from Jordan-Matthews for a 4-3 win, and East Chapel Hill advanced to the title game after winning a penalty kick shootout with Carrboro.
The Wildcats and Jaguars were tied 1-1 after regulation and overtime, and then were still tied through one round of penalty kicks before East won the shootout in sudden death, 7-6.