In the two seasons before 2011, Central Cabarrus boys' soccer had gone 10-26-2.
This year, everything seemed to go right for Central Cabarrus and head coach Michael Dye. The Vikings won a conference title for the first time since 1999 and won a playoff game before losing 2-0 to West Iredell in the second round.
Hickory Ridge, which finished third in the regular season SPC standings, was the only other team in the league to win a playoff game.
Jay M. Robinson, Northwest Cabarrus and Cox Mill all made the 3A West playoff bracket but fell in the first round.
Player of the Year: Uriel Rebollar, Jay M. RobinsonRebollar has been training to be a great soccer player since he was a little boy. The younger brother of former all-state soccer player Angel Rebollar, Uriel set his main goal to be better than his older brother, who now plays college soccer at Bethel University.
The younger Rebollar, a junior, earned all-state honors for the second year in a row this year, scoring 18 goals and dishing out 19 assists for his Robinson team (12-7-3).
Rebollar, who also stars for under-17 FC Carolina Alliance club team coached by UNC Charlotte assistant coach Kyle Gookins, hopes to play for the 49ers.
Coach of the Year: Michael Dye, Central CabarrusMichael Dye had never even led his Central Cabarrus boys soccer team to a winning record. This year, the Vikings won the SPC title for the first time in more than a decade. The team went 16-4-1 overall, including 11-2-1 in the SPC, earning the league's top seed in the playoffs.
Dye hopes this is just the beginning of a winning tradition. But he will have to reload quickly, as all-region seniors Narciso Alvarado, Justin Morgan and Jose Rumbo are all graduating.
But Dye and company have turned things around quickly in the past year and will try to pull off a similar feat in 2012. Correspondent Joe Habina contributed to this story.
All-Cabarrus News boys' soccer team
F - Uriel Rebollar, Jay M. Robinson - Two-time all-state junior following into Robinson's great tradition of forwards.
F - Jason Andrejchak, Jay M. Robinson - With Rebollar, formed one of the state's best scoring duos up top. Also was a standout for the North Meck Soccer Academy team.
F - Jose Rumbo, Central Cabarrus - All-region pick led Vikings in scoring.
F - Chris Freeman, Northwest Cabarrus - Transfer and all-region pick was big boost for Trojans offense.
M - Justin Morgan, Central Cabarrus - All-region senior leader was a big key in turnaround for Vikings in the middle of the field.
M - Adron Barrier, Mount Pleasant - Multiple all-SPC, all-region and all-Cabarrus News midfielder was a major organizer in the middle.
M - Alec Goettel, Jay M. Robinson - All-region junior will be back with Rebollar and Andrejchak to lead potent Robinson offense next season.
M - Kevin Esparza, Northwest Cabarrus- All-region junior does all the "dirty work" for his team in the middle of the field, according to coach Harald Von Klahr.
M - Kincaid Albers, Hickory Ridge - Like Esparza's, Albers' work sometimes goes unnoticed, but this all-region midfielder is big key for Ragin' Bulls' offense and defense.
UTIL - Eric Frederick, Hickory Ridge- Versatile all-region selection can be effective in the midfield or on defense.
D - Zach Tellier, Central Cabarrus - Co-captain and leader of a rock-solid back four that was strength of SPC champion Vikings squad.
D - Chris Wall, Cox Mill - All-state selection was the best defender in the SPC, according to most coaches.
D - Eric Rossitch, Cannon - All-region defender was one of the top talents for the Cougars.
GK - Narciso Alvarado, Central Cabarrus - All-region and all-SPC senior had 11 shutouts in 22 games for the Vikings.
GK - Jonathan Melendez, Mount Pleasant - Sophomore earned all-region status with 350 saves for the Tigers.