How impressive was the Croatan’s 2A state championship?
The Cougars won the first state title for a soccer team in county history.
They are the first county squad in a team sport to win a state crown with an undefeated record since the Beaufort boys basketball team in 1961.
The Seadogs went 25-0.
A few teams came close.
The West Carteret volleyball team went 30-1 on its way to a 1988 state championship.
The West Carteret girls (1994) and East Carteret boys (2015) basketball teams each went 28-2 in their respective state title seasons.
Going undefeated in a state title season is nothing unusual at Croatan, however, as the wrestling team went 17-0 in 2010 and 18-0 in 2011.
Four of Croatan’s soccer playoff opponents were undefeated, including Carrboro (9-0) in the first round, James Kenan (11-0) in the second, First Flight (10-0-2) in the third and Hibriten (18-0) in the state final.
Richlands’ only two losses entering the regional final were to the Cougars. The Wildcats were 13-2-1.
The five opponents were a combined 62-2-3 when they played Croatan.
Also, at the times of the games, Hibriten and James Kenan were each No. 1 in the MaxPreps 2A rankings, Richlands and First Flight were each No. 3, and Carrboro was No. 6.
The Cougars played only one of those games at home, defeating Richlands 2-0 in the regional final. They had to go to overtime to beat James Kenan 4-3 in golden goal periods, First Flight 3-1 and Hibriten 4-1.
Croatan finishes the year ranked No. 1 by MaxPreps among teams in all classifications and is the only N.C. High School Athletic Association soccer team to go undefeated.
It doesn’t get any better than that.
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