The Lake Norman girls' soccer team, ranked No. 3 in the state, are in a familiar place: winning.
With his team at a perfect 15-0 (11-0 in the I-Meck 4A Conference), coach Jon Mertes isn't completely satisfied with how his team is playing.
"We are not playing our best soccer right now, and it concerns me," Mertes said of his team, which has outscored opponents 60-4 this season. "But it is a long season and we hope to be playing our best at the right time," during the playoffs.
Some of the Wildcats' problems have resulted from a number of injuries, including to forwards Kelsey Palmer (concussion) and Kendall Fischlein, both of whom will be back this week.
The defense has been the team's strength, allowing only four goals all season, and only one in I-Meck play.
Sophomore defender Jenna Weston has been the leader, Mertes said, and Sam Condron has filled in nicely as a center defender for the injured Sydney Foushee (torn ACL).
Sophomore goalkeeper Rachel Harrill has been exceptional as well this year, her first as a starter.
"(Harrill) has not made a mistake, which says a lot about her play," Mertes said. "You can't ask for much more out of your keeper, especially one this young."
The offense has benefited greatly from the stout Wildcat defense. Fischlein leads the team with 13 goals and nine assists. Junior Taylor Waters, who has committed to Wake Forest, has 10 goals and seven assists from her central midfield position.
We're No. 1
For the first time in school history, the Davidson Day girls soccer team is ranked No. 1 in the state in a poll of 1A private schools.
The Patriots (7-4-1, 2-0) are led by all-state senior forward Bri Wills, who has 41 goals. Wills, an Appalachian State signee, is on pace to break her own Mecklenburg County record of 58 goals last season.
We're No. 2
Lake Norman Charter's girls soccer team is also having a great year and is ranked No. 2 in the state among 1A public schools. The Knights, led by coach Justin Valenti, has gotten a team-best 13 goals from sophomore forward, Rina Leonidas.
The Lake Norman girls soccer team isn't even the only perfect team at the school: The Wildcats boys lacrosse team is still unbeaten. The team is 12-0 (as of Wednesday), having outscored opponents 177-53. Junior Max Copeland has a team-best 38 goals this year.
The Lake Norman softball team is now 14-1 (9-1 in the I-Meck) after absorbing its first loss of the year, to Hopewell 3-1.
Wildcats coach Bob Hall boasts seven batters hitting over the .400 mark, led by Stacey Houser, who is hitting .564 with three home runs.
The team has outscored opponents 145-18 this season.
Houser is also 4-0 on the mound. Fellow all-state junior Kayla Pine is 5-0 this season as a pitcher.
Swinging for states
Hough High School won the I-Meck boys golf tournament in its first year as a team and its first in the conference, after dominating the regular season.
The Huskies were led by I-Meck tournament champion David Sargent. Huskies Conner Lewis, Mace Timberlake, Peyton White and Clay Brown also made the all-I-Meck team.
Hopewell's Brandon Holst, Lake Norman's Andrew Johnson and Austin Peticca, Mooresville's Ian Harper and Luke Robbins and North Meck's Danny Pizetoski round out the all-I-Meck team.
Hough, Lake Norman and Mooresville qualified for the regionals as teams. Holst, Pizetoski and North Meck's David Barkley, Danny Fleming and Seth Priester will go to regionals as individuals at Pine Island Country Club next month.