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2014 Observer Preseason High School Soccer Sweet 16 polls

By Langston Wertz Jr.
lwertz@charlotteobserver.com

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  • Eligible Observer-area teams

    MECKLENBURG COUNTY

    Ardrey Kell

    Berry

    Butler

    Carmel Christian

    Carolina Pride

    Charlotte Catholic

    Charlotte Latin

    Charlotte Christian

    Charlotte Country Day

    Christ The King

    Community School of Davidson

    Covenant Day

    Davidson Day

    East Meck

    Garinger

    Harding

    Hickory Grove

    Hopewell

    Independence

    Lake Norman Charter

    Mallard Creek

    Myers Park

    North Meck

    Northside Christian

    Olympic

    Providence

    Providence Day

    Queens Grant

    Rocky River

    South Meck

    Southlake Christian

    United Faith

    Vance

    Victory Christian

    West Charlotte

    West Meck

     

    CABARRUS COUNTY

    AL Brown

    Cannon School

    Central Cabarrus

    Concord

    Concord First Assembly

    Cox Mill

    Hickory Ridge

    Mount Pleasant

    NW Cabarrus

    Robinson

     

    GASTON COUNTY

    Ashbrook

    Bessemer City

    Cherryville

    East Gaston

    Forestview

    Gaston Christian

    Gaston Day

    Highland Tech

    Hunter Huss

    North Gaston

    South Point

    Stuart Cramer

     

    IREDELL COUNTY

    Lake Norman

    Mooresville

    North Iredell

    Pine Lake Prep

    South Iredell

    Statesville

    Statesville Christian

    West Iredell

     

    LINCOLN COUNTY

    East Lincoln

    Lincoln Charter

    Lincolnton

    North Lincoln

    West Lincoln

     

    YORK COUNTY, S.C.

    Nation Ford

    Fort Mill

    Clover

    York

    Northwestern

    Rock Hill

    Indian Land

    Westminster Catawba

     

    UNION COUNTY

    Central Academy

    Cuthbertson

    Forest Hills

    Marvin Ridge

    Metrolina Christian

    Monroe

    Parkwood

    Piedmont

    Porter Ridge

    Sun Valley

    Union Academy

    Weddington



For years, the epicenter of Mecklenburg County soccer was in the south and southeast, where powers such as Charlotte Catholic, East Mecklenburg, South Mecklenburg, Myers Park and Providence annually battled for conference supremacy – and often the right to advance to regional and state championships.

North Mecklenburg had a good run, too, reaching three state finals between 1998 and 2006, but the power still mainly stayed in the southern part of the county. From 1978 to 2013, Mecklenburg County teams made 17 appearances in the N.C. 4A final. Of those 17 4A appearances, 14 are from the southeastern teams. Charlotte Catholic additionally made 17 finals appearances in smaller classifications.

Now, that power appears to be shifting. In Cornelius, a soccer power is emerging.

The Hough High girls won their second state title in three years last spring, and the Huskies won the 2014 girls’ Sweet 16 championship. Last winter, Hough’s boys’ team reached the N.C. 4A semifinals. As the 2014 season kicks off Monday, Hough’s boys are sitting on top of the Observer’s preseason Sweet 16 poll.

Hough’s first game? Monday at 6 p.m. at home against No. 3 Providence.

“Well,” Huskies coach David Smith said, “we may as well start out with a bang.”

Rnk School Class
1.Hough4A
2.Garinger4A
3.Providence4A
4.Marvin Ridge3A
5. Charlotte Catholic4A
6.South Iredell3A
7.Weddington3A
8.Charlotte Country DayIND
9.Charlotte LatinIND
10.West Iredell3A
11.Lake Norman Charter2A
12. Central Academy2A
13.Cannon SchoolIND
14.Providence DayIND
15. Myers Park4A
16.Community School of Davidson1A

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