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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 09:18

Hough to host Providence for state final berth

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Davis Ashbrook and Hough host Providence in the 4A state semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Davis Ashbrook and Hough host Providence in the 4A state semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday. Justin Parker

An aggressive style of play has paid off for the Hough boys soccer team this fall. 

The result is a fifth state semifinal appearance in the eighth year of the program. 

“The biggest thing I’m proud of is the consistency,” says coach David Smith, who has led the program from the outset. “It’s not so much our expectation. It’s a realistic goal that’s out there. We’ve gotten to this point so many times. 

The top seed in the 4A West bracket, Hough will host second-seeded Providence at 6 p.m. in Tuesday’s semifinal. The Huskies, 23-1 entering that match with the 21-0-3 Panthers, are vying for their first state final berth. 

How aggressive have the Huskies been? The coach of one opposing playoff team told Smith that he felt like his own team was defending even when it had the ball. His team prefers to play a more methodical style, but the Huskies didn’t allow that. They caused chaos with their pressure and constantly attacked. 

“We just want the ball at our most dangerous players’ feet as much as possible,” says Smith. 

Entering Tuesday’s match, the Huskies have notched playoff wins over Independence, Myers Park and, most recently, 3-0 against Northwest Guilford. 

“We’ve won games in different ways in the playoffs,” says Smith. “I’ve been proud of how the guys have responded to the challenges thrown at them.”

 

Pride falls in 1A quarters

Pine Lake Prep’s season came to an end Saturday with a 1-0 loss to Mount Airy in the 1A state quarterfinals. 

The top-seeded Pride finished the season 19-2-1 and with an average of 5.7 goals per match.

Senior Jake McMillen led the Pride with 43 goals. 

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