Boys soccer: Fox, Catholic not overlooking Bridgeport
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Charleston Catholic boys soccer team knows about the history it could make at the Boys State Tournament today and Wednesday.
But, do they talk about winning a fourth consecutive boys title?
"Not really," Catholic Coach Sam Fox said. "We just take it one game at a time. That's why we have the streak we have."
The Irish are looking to do something no boys soccer program has since the Secondary School Activities Commission began sanctioning a State Tournament in 1988 - capture four consecutive championships.
The Buckhannon-Upshur boys won three in a row (1993-95), a feat Catholic matched last year and hopes to eclipse this week. The Wheeling Park girls soccer team is the only to win four straight titles (1998-2001).
Catholic (21-0-2) begins its quest at 9:30 a.m. today when it plays Bridgeport (16-4-2) in the semifinals at the Trace Fork Complex in South Charleston.
The Irish will look to extend their 53-game unbeaten streak, but Fox couldn't remember the current tally.
"Fifty-three in a row? If you say so, I try not to keep up," Fox said. "We don't look past any teams. We aren't counting our chickens before they hatch. We have to play a good game against Bridgeport before even thinking of another game. Hopefully you can ask me on Wednesday afternoon."
The two teams played in the season opener, with Catholic earning a 5-1 victory on Aug. 18. Fox doesn't take much stock in that result, considering the teams have played a combined 43 games since.
"I don't take much away from that game other than to know their personnel a bit," Fox said. "Both teams were trying kids in different positions and it was the first game of the season. Both teams have gotten better."
Senior forward Brandon Hanlan and senior defender Trevor Moon lead the Indians. They were second-team All-State selections in 2011 when Bridgeport was a Class AAA school.
The Indians dropped down to Class AA when schools were reclassified.
A pair of returning first-team All-State selections last year leads Catholic in forward Sam Revercomb and midfielder Adam Fox. Revercomb is second among all area players with 34 goals while Fox - the son of the head coach - has controlled the midfield, where he was the Player of the Year there last year as well.
Fox isn't surprised his Irish are back at the State Tournament, even with the loss of two-time Player of the Year Tommy Trupo.
When speaking of his team's winning streak, that's another story.
"In my wildest dreams, I wouldn't have imagined we would be here where we are record wise," Fox said. "We lost a lot of good players and I was a little concerned coming into the year. I knew we certainly weren't rebuilding, though. We had plenty of good players coming back."
The other semifinal pairing at Trace Fork pits Fairmont Senior (14-5-4) against Bluefield (10-3-2). Fairmont State, like Bridgeport, dropped down to Class AA from AAA before the season. Catholic beat the Polar Bears 3-1 in the regular season.