Monday, August 24, 2009

Lake Norman's soccer team makes surge

Special Correspondent

- The team that benefitted most from the Soccer for a Cure tournament last week was Lake Norman, moving from seventh to third in the Observer Sweet 16 soccer rankings based on convincing wins.

- Myers Park remains No. 1 because of its come-from-behind tie against Charlotte Catholic. Look for Cougars forward Sutton Porter to score a lot of goals this season. He scored Catholic’s lone goal in this game and several in the tournament.

- Congratulations to coach Steve Stith’s Mooresville Blue Devils for their championship in the Freedom Invitational last weekend. They beat host Freedom 3-2 in the final.

- Catholic moved up to No. 2 on the strength of its 3-0 win against Mallard Creek. Catholic has two tough tests this week with a match Tuesday at Sweet 16 newcomer Providence Day and a home match against South Mecklenburg this Saturday. Their non-conference schedule is one of the toughest in the region, playing seven teams in this week’s Sweet 16 throughout the year.

- Coach Jim Lynch will know a lot about his South Mecklenburg team after this week with three grueling matches. The Sabres will play at No. 15 North Mecklenburg on Tuesday, at home against No. 3 Lake Norman on Thursday, and Saturday at No. 2 Catholic.

- After an opening day upset of South Mecklenburg, Mallard Creek lost two tough matches this past week and looks to rebound with a home match against Porter Ridge on Tuesday and an away match against Independence on Thursday.

- Thanks to the reader who pointed out a mistake in my article on the Mexico-USA game. The World Cup final was played in Azteca Stadium in 1986, but France had eliminated Brazil in the quarterfinals in penalty kicks. Argentina secured its second World Cup title that year, beating West Germany 3-2 in the final.

Larry Bosc coached high school soccer for more than 30 years, including 20 years at East Mecklenburg. He writes a regular soccer column for the Observer.