Myers Park boys' soccer had yet another successful season this year.
The Mustangs came up just short in their third 4A state title game in last four years, falling 2-1 to Green Hope.
Seniors Diego and Erick Suarez, David Swaim and Woody Houck led a remarkable run in the last four years, where the team won 88 games with only seven losses and three ties in that span. After a perfect 25-0 in their freshman year, the Mustangs went to the state quarterfinals in 2009 and the state finals in 2010 and 2011. The Mustangs also won all four Southwestern 4A conference titles in that span.
"The level of success that this class has had in really hard to believe," Myers Park soccer coach Bucky McCarley said, earlier this season.
Despite earning the fourth-seed from the SW4A, Ardrey Kell (16-6) made it to the third round of the playoffs before losing to T.C. Roberson. Providence (17-6-1) lost in the second round, while South Mecklenburg (17-5-1) lost a tough match in the first round of the playoffs to West Forsyth.
In 3A, Charlotte Catholic came up just one win short of a state championship, losing in the state finals to Cardinal Gibbons.
The Cougars were led by all-state midfielder Roland Minogue (39 goals, 23 assists in 2011).
Both Charlotte Latin and Charlotte Country Day were again among the best teams in the state at the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association 3A level, losing in the state semifinals.
Player of the Year: Erick Suarez, Myers Park - Erick Suarez had what most people would consider a career-year in 2010, scoring 34 goals and dishing out 15 assists to earn all-SW4A, all-region, all state and Observer Player of the Year honors in the process.
This year, Suarez was even better as he led the Mustangs to a second straight 4A state runner-up finish scoring 37 goals with 17 assists and again earning, all-conference, all-region, all-state and Observer Player of the Year honors.
Suarez, who led his team to 88 wins in the last four years, is most interested in continuing his education and soccer career at Queens University of Charlotte or Catawba College, according to McCarley.
Coach of the Year: Bucky McCarley, Myers Park - Bucky McCarley and his Myers Park soccer boys' soccer program always have big expectations as one of the top programs in the state over the last decade. Year after year, McCarley finds a way for his teams to live up to their billing in the SW4A and the postseason.
This year, McCarley had his team in the 4A state championship for the third time in four seasons, with a 22-3 record and another SW4A title on his resume.
Staff Writer Corey Inscoe contributed to this story.