Boys’ soccer continues winning streak


contributed by Alison Huber

The boys' soccer team stands in a huddle. They are currently 8-0-1 in the season.

Last night, the boys’ soccer team celebrated after their 2-0 win against Northern Guilford High School. This marked their eighth win this season, and currently according to MaxPreps, they are 8-0-1 and ranked second in the state and first in the 4A division.

Head coach Jason Allred contributes their success to the hard work and compatibility among the players.

“Defensively, we’re very strong. We haven’t conceded a goal in five straight games,” Allred said. “We have a strong work ethic, and I think the guys have a good chemistry.”

After losing a strong senior class, the team was left without a goalkeeper. Junior Jared Petrosky decided to step up and fill the role.

“During the off-season, I decided to tell Allred that I’d be the goalie,” Petrosky said. 

I thought it was what the team needed, and it was the biggest way I could help the team be the best it could.”

— junior Jared Petrosky

So far, Petrosky has had seven shutout games and four goals allowed in nine games.

Another key contributor to their success is the bond and friendship within the team. The boys will get together and have a team dinner at someone’s house before home games. This allows the guys to relax, spend time together and get a good meal in before the game.

“It’s super laid back and casual; then, as soon as we get to the field, it’s all business,” senior captain and centerback David Cake said.

Cake first made varsity when he was a sophomore and got to play alongside his other brother.

“It was nice to have someone who would help me out and keep my head up if I wasn’t playing well,” Cake said.

Now, he uses his leadership as both a senior and a captain to reach out to the younger players of the team. 

“I’m trying to be encouraging and bring everyone together as part of the team,” Cake said. “I think that’s really important.”

The team has scored 22 goals. Cake leads in scoring with six goals, and senior Mason Quinlan follows with four goals. Senior Harrison Neeble leads the team with six assists.

The success of the team is fueled by the senior leadership, new formation and positive morale. They look to win conference and redeem themselves from the first round state playoff loss from last season.

“In 16 years of coaching high school, I think that was the toughest loss that I’ve been a part of,” Allred said. “(The seniors) knew we had a chance of redeeming ourselves.”

The Vikings play at home on Tuesday against Pinecrest and away Thursday against R.J. Reynolds.