Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Hough soccer stops Myers Park in three overtimes to make history

Hough's nationally ranked girls soccer team made history Tuesday night in the N.C. 4A state semifinals.

The Huskies (24-0-2) beat Myers Park in the first sudden death overtime, 2-1 on a header by Alex Denny with 74 seconds left. Hough made its third straight N.C. 4A state championship game, a first for Mecklenburg County girls 4A team.

The teams played two 40 minute halves, two 10 minute overtimes and nearly all of the first of two sudden death five-minute periods.

Myers Park lost for the third time to Hough this season. The Mustangs (23-3) were unbeaten against everyone else. Myers Park is 0-6-1 all time against Hough.

Hough will face unbeaten Panther Creek (23-0-1) in Saturday's state final in Raleigh. Hough is ranked No. 1 in the N.C. 4A soccer coaches poll. Panther Creek is No. 2.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Well played by both teams but poorly and inconsistently officiated. The game turned on 2 uncalled penalty kicks (one of which that could have even resulted in a straight red as the contact was made by the last defender) and one called penalty.

Believe that the West is stronger than the East and expect Hough to win its second state title.

Anonymous said...

Totally ridiculous that in a game of this magnitude, the officiating decided the game. Two great teams. I'm sure it wasn't intentional but MP really got screwed.

Anonymous said...

The better teams usually get the calls going their way ....just saying as people complain about the Yankees and NE Patriots all the time.

Anonymous said...

The game was won by the team that played soccer and not pump it long most of the game

Anonymous said...

Interesting - no one has at yet suggested that Myers Park shouldn't have gotten the penalty in the 2nd half. Also find the comment about the "team that played soccer" won and "the team that pumped it long" did not. Thought there was very little difference in style of play other than 1 team leaning more on team speed and the other leaning more on size, strength and physicality. Comment regarding the Yankees and Patriots doesn't apply here - sorry.

Anonymous said...

As an innocent bystander with no dog in the fight, I would agree with the comments regarding the officiating. It certainly was one of the worst officiated games I have seen in a long time, especially for a game of this magnitude.

Unfortunately the game was way beyond the capabilities of the referee, and honestly for the AR's as well.

I do think both teams played an excellent game. I don't believe that the officiating ultimately lead to changing the overall outcome. This is not to say officiating didn't affect the game, but in Hough's defense, they suffered the ill effects of the poor officiating more than Myers Park.

Ultimately the calls were just slightly less than 3:1 against Hough. Most of those calls were due to the fact that Hough was bigger than MP and were penalized for contesting most things that were in the air.

I would agree that MP probably should have gained a foul in the box as a result of the Hough keeper charging for a ball and resulted in minimally a PK. At the same time the foul, yellow card and direct kick that lead to MP's first goal was a bad call.

Perhaps a questionable PK for Hough, but based on what was being called at that point this probably should not have surprised anyone.

All in all, a great game by the girls. It was going to be a heartbreaker for one of the two teams.

The winner by Hough was one of the nicest goals I had seen all year. Denny (sp?) finished with a nice header, but the ability by the Cowie kid to not panic and head the ball to a teammate in the box was one of the best pieces of offensive soccer I have seen at any level. Most players in that desperate situation would have tried to score. Her ability to not attempt the goal herself and see two teammates across the box showed some of the best soccer IQ and savvy I have seen in a long, long time.

Congrats to two great teams. I believe we have one of the best soccer rivalries starting to form that will entertain soccer fans like myself for years to come.

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