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.”
|8.||Charlotte Country Day||IND|
|11.||Lake Norman Charter||2A|
|16.||Community School of Davidson||1A|