Hopewell soccer picks up steam

by Aaron Garcia, Chris Hunt and C. Jemal Horton

Since losing 1-0 to Hough High on April 7, the Hopewell girls soccer team’s offense has exploded with 17 goals in four consecutive victories. That included a 4-3 win over Lake Norman High, the first loss for a team that shares first place in the I-MECK 4A conference with Hough.

Hopewell coach Robb Bolar said it was a defensive formation that led to the offensive outburst against Lake Norman. The Titans now bring a center midfielder back on defense, putting five players on the back line.

The new defensive formation hasn’t taken away offensively from that center midfielder, senior Katelyn Faucette, who leads the team with 18 goals.

Further proof of Bolar’s defense-leads-to-offense theory was found when he didn’t play five back in a 2-0 victory over rival North Mecklenburg on April 28. In that game, the Titans failed to score in the first half with a more traditional defense. After halftime, Bolar quickly returned to the five-player formation, and the Titans scored twice to improve to 10-4-1, 8-4 in the I-MECK.

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