On April 13, when Northwest Cabarrus visits Cox Mill, a rivalry will be born in the first meeting between the two girls' soccer teams.
"It's a rivalry that was made before it even started, just because they (Cox Mill) have a lot of students that went to school here", said Northwest Cabarrus soccer coach Harald Von Klahr.
First-year Cox Mill soccer coach Christa Mooney shares Von Klahr's sentiments.
"The girls are pumped up for this game, they've been talking about it for weeks," Mooney said. "At the same time they are kind of torn about playing some of their good friends."
The Trojans and Chargers not only will be playing for a share of first place in the SPC but also for bragging rights.
The Trojans (8-0-2, 5-0-2) have been waiting for their opportunity to shine for years in the NPC; now they will attempt to do the same in the SPC.
Northwest Cabarrus has been perfect so far in its quest for a league crown and have established themselves atop the conference .
But Cox Mill (9-2, 5-1) will be their toughest test to date, especially with the familiarity the teams share.
The Trojans' main advantage is experience, starting with all-region senior forward Erica Merriman. Merriman, her sister, Shannon, and Kelsie Pethel control the offensive attack, while Brandy Deal and Rachel Jackson lead a defense that has given up only nine goals all year.
"We have a really strong senior group that has been through a lot together and knows how to win," said Von Klahr.
What Cox Mill lacks in experience, they have made up for with talent and ability as the Chargers have won eight of their last nine games in the team's first season.
The Chargers have done this without a senior on the roster and only five juniors on the team. Leading the way are three former Northwest Cabarrus players in junior Mollie Calloway and sophomores Kaylee Akers and Denay Hayden, who lead the Cox Mill offense.
"I knew what I had coming into this year, after watching them play last season," said Mooney. "But what I didn't know and what most people don't know, is how good our freshman are."
Mooney starts five freshman, who have been a well-kept secret. This could soon change when teams will not only know about them, but will have to start game-planning for them. Until then, Mooney says she is fine with other teams underestimating her squad.