2014 Observer Preseason High School Soccer Sweet 16 polls

08/15/2014 5:17 PM

08/15/2014 7:34 PM

For years, the epicenter of Mecklenburg County soccer was in the south and southeast, where powers such as Charlotte Catholic, East Mecklenburg, South Mecklenburg, Myers Park and Providence annually battled for conference supremacy – and often the right to advance to regional and state championships.

North Mecklenburg had a good run, too, reaching three state finals between 1998 and 2006, but the power still mainly stayed in the southern part of the county. From 1978 to 2013, Mecklenburg County teams made 17 appearances in the N.C. 4A final. Of those 17 4A appearances, 14 are from the southeastern teams. Charlotte Catholic additionally made 17 finals appearances in smaller classifications.

Now, that power appears to be shifting. In Cornelius, a soccer power is emerging.

The Hough High girls won their second state title in three years last spring, and the Huskies won the 2014 girls’ Sweet 16 championship. Last winter, Hough’s boys’ team reached the N.C. 4A semifinals. As the 2014 season kicks off Monday, Hough’s boys are sitting on top of the Observer’s preseason Sweet 16 poll.

Hough’s first game? Monday at 6 p.m. at home against No. 3 Providence.

“Well,” Huskies coach David Smith said, “we may as well start out with a bang.”

Rnk School Class
1. Hough 4A
2. Garinger 4A
3. Providence 4A
4. Marvin Ridge 3A
5. Charlotte Catholic 4A
6. South Iredell 3A
7. Weddington 3A
8. Charlotte Country Day IND
9. Charlotte Latin IND
10. West Iredell 3A
11. Lake Norman Charter 2A
12. Central Academy 2A
13. Cannon School IND
14. Providence Day IND
15. Myers Park 4A
16. Community School of Davidson 1A

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