Lake Norman & Mooresville

Mooresville breaks Wildcats' streak

Nov. 12, 2005, was the last time Lake Norman's boy's soccer team lost a game, dropping a 2-1 heartbreaker to rival Mooresville in a 3A state quarterfinal playoff game.

Fast forward to Sept. 8, 2008: Mooresville ends the Wildcats' 60-game win streak with a 2-0 defeat on the road.

“We weren't intimidated by Lake Norman,” said Mooresville soccer coach Steve Stith, whose team stopped Lake Norman five wins short of the state record of 65 wins in a row.

“But it was a huge win for our team, especially for the seniors.”

Mooresville senior forward Carson Smith, the only Blue Devil who also played on the last team to beat the Wildcats, led the way with the first goal.

“(Carson) talked about remembering the last win when he was a freshman,” Stith said. “I think the seniors really wanted to prove they could beat them.”

Mooresville (9-0-2), No. 5 in the state, still hasn't lost this year.

While Smith leads the offense, it is the defense that has led this Blue Devils team, collecting five shutouts and allowing only four goals this season. The junior trio of Billy Nantz, Jeffrey Mason and Josh Skidmore, who also play for the Mooresville and American Legion baseball teams, have shut down opponents most of the year.

Moving forward

After losing for the first time in 21/2 years, Lake Norman recovered with a 13-2 dismantling of South Rowan and a 10-0 win over West Rowan. The Wildcats (7-1) moved down to No. 6 in the state and have outscored their opponents 39-7.

“I think they were playing with a heck of a lot of pressure,” Stith said of Lake Norman. “I think (Lake Norman) will start to play great soccer starting now. They'll still be one of the best teams (in the state).”

Still running

Mooresville tailback Jjshaun Pinkston is still running a record pace for the Blue Devil football team this season. Pinkston, a senior, ran for 228 yards and three touchdowns in a 48-6 win over Carson, bringing his season totals to 658 yards and 11 touchdowns in three games. At this pace, Pinkston would exceed 2,000 yards rushing and 30 touchdowns in the regular season alone.