Regardless of what sport North Mecklenburg and Hopewell play in, the rivalry rarely dissapoints.
Hopewell girls' soccer coach Robb Bolar knows that's true.
"Players and fans look to these games as the biggest games of the year regardless of records," he explained in an e-mail.
Bolar's Titans gave the Vikings their only ME-CA 6 loss last season when they defeated them in a 1-0 game. The teams went on to split the series.
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Knowing this, it is hard to predict what will happen when North Meck hosts their rivals next Tuesday.
The Titans have played well so far this season and are 5-4-0 (3-2-0 in the I-Meck Conference) through April 1.
Bolar said that for his team to win, senior captain Madi Sully and junior Katelyn Faucette must step up.
Faucette is the team's offensive sparkplug and has scored five goals to go along with one assist this season.
The Titans have yet to lose a game in the I-Meck, tauting a 6-3-1 (4-0-1 in the I-Meck) record (through April 1).
After only losing three games and making it to the third round of the 4A State Playoffs last season, North Meck has had a good conference season so far and are second in the I-Meck.
Coach Neil Roberts said his team's defense will be key for a victory. He said Tara Zartman and Megan Sullivan have played well for the Vikings at center back.
The team is led offensively by EmilyArcher, who has nine goals this season.