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.