After Jay M. Robinson won the South Piedmont Conference title in the first year of an All-Cabarrus County league, the rest of the pack seemed to step up their game.
Concord (17-3-4, 11-0-3) won their first SPC title since 1996, but Hickory Ridge and Cox Mill also made significant progress in the right direction.
Cabarrus News Coach of the Year: Matthew Bennett, Concord
It had been nearly 15 years since the Concord boys' soccer program won a conference title. Coach Matthew Bennett, in his third year, and his Spiders did it this year without losing an SPC game.
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With 14 seniors who had grown with Bennett and the program, the Spiders became the class of the SPC and advanced all the way to the 3A West quarterfinals.
Cabarrus News Player of the Year: Uriel Rebollar, Robinson
Uriel Rebollar was dominant, scoring 19 goals and earning all-state honors as only a sophomore.
The forward represents a strong future for the Bulldogs, who finished 13-6-4 (10-2-2 in the SPC). Rebollar highlights a young and talented team that will return three all-region sophomores - Rebollar, Jason Andrejchak and Gabe Pastrana - next season.
All-Cabarrus News boys' soccer team
Osvaldo Arellano, Concord: Senior helped lead Spiders to SPC crown.
Uriel Rebollar, Robinson: Sophomore already an offensive machine.
Jason Andrejchak, Robinson: Potent 1-2 sophomore punch along with Rebollar.
Matt Abbott, Hickory Ridge: Senior was Ragin' Bulls' main scoring option
Patrick Murphy, Cannon: Senior was a reliable scorer for the Cougars.
Sean Cogan, Cox Mill: Chargers' standout was an all-state selection.
Gabe Pastrana, Robinson: Another sophomore standout on team with a bring future.
Edgar Murillo, Concord: Organizer, distributor in the middle for Spiders.
Adron Barrier, Mount Pleasant: All-region junior represents bright future for Tigers.
Nick Kay, Northwest Cabarrus: All-region senior helped Trojans to the playoffs.
Erwin Bernal, Concord: Leader of a stingy Spider defensive unit.
Chris Wall, Cox Mill: All-region defender was major force for Chargers.
Eric Frederick, Hickory Ridge: Bulls' defensive ace will be back next year.
Chris Skinner, Northwest Cabarrus: Senior was the Trojans' best defensive player.
Houa Yang, A.L. Brown: Stopper helped Wonders to solid year.
Andrew Alvarado, Robinson: Senior goalkeeper stabilized young Bulldog team.
Nate Joseph, Concord: Standout allowed only 28 goals in 24 games.