Hough’s girls’ soccer program has quickly risen since its players first hit the field during its inaugural 2011 season.
The Huskies had an impressive 48-4-2 record in their first two years and claimed the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 4A state championship last spring.
Now, Hough (5-0, 3-0 I-Meck 4A) has started to rewrite the state record books.
With a 6-0 victory against Hopewell last week, the Huskies claimed their 29th consecutive win to set a new NCHSAA mark, surpassing 28-match win streak by Asheville Roberson in 2008.
“We don’t get caught up in that,” junior midfielder Courtney Carroll said, “but it’s nice to be reminded what we’ve accomplished.
“Hopefully we’ll get some more so it’ll be harder for people to break our record. Hopefully we’ll be in there for a while.”
With a 7-0 win against North Mecklenburg on Tuesday night, Hough increased its win streak to 30.
“It’s big for the girls, for what they’ve bought into, what we’ve tried to establish from that first year - getting our minds set to where we expect to compete in every single game,” Huskies coach David Smith said.
Defender Brianna Cuevas said the record is an incredible accomplishment.
“You don’t do stuff like that,” she said. “I would’ve never thought that in high school we would come this far.”
Cuevas, a senior, added that Hough’s consistency is a testament to her teammates’ dedication.
“It shows that if you have girls who are willing to work hard, give it all they have, and get along not only on the field but off the field that you can be successful,” she said.
The Huskies’ record dates back to a 2-1 win against Ardrey Kell on March 5 of last year. Hough was coming off its only tie of the season, a 1-1 draw against Myers Park, when the streak began.
The Huskies, which haven’t lost since the 4A Western regional final in May 2011, were 26-0-1 last season to being ranked No. 1 by ESPN Fab 50 girls’ soccer rankings.
“It’s nice to be able to have that bridge between last season and this season,” Smith said about the record.
But losing nine players from that championship team, Smith also doesn’t want to think too much about the past.
“Even though it carries over from last year, everything we’re doing is focused on getting this team to the end point, where we were last year,” said Smith.
Senior Brandi Arey hopes the Huskies will continue to live up to their reputation.
“Everyone looks at us like we’re supposed to win - that’s our standard,” Arey said.
“That’s what keeps us going, keeps us motivated.”
The Huskies, which have outscored opponents 24-0 this season, are ranked fourth in the country by elitesoccerreport.com. Hough, which plays West Charlotte on Thursday and Mooresville on March 26, will face its toughest challenge so far March 28, when it faces I-Meck 4A Conference rival Lake Norman (7-0, 3-0). The Wildcats are ranked 39th in the nation.
South Mecklenburg (7-0, 4-0 Southwestern 4A) is the only other area team ranked nationally, entering the top 50 this week at 49th.
Cary Green Hope, last year’s 4A state runner-up, is the top-ranked team in the nation, while Raleigh Millbrook is 13th.
Arey said her Huskies cannot underestimate anybody if they hope to continue winning.
“Even if you keep winning, you can’t get a big head, you have to keep on playing hard, keep on practicing hard,” she said.
“We need to go out and treat every game with respect, with the attention that it deserves.”