On Monday of this week, the Bulls were in 1st place in the SPC, 11th in the State in the 3A division, and riding high. After Tuesday's night affair with Concord, they were clinging to slim hopes of 1st place with confidence shaken in the SPC after they lost to Concord 4-1. As of Wednesday night after the conference finale loss to Jay M. Robinson 4-0, they no longer harbor illusions of a conference championship, no longer walk with a swagger of invincibility, and stagger into the playoffs state playoffs with questions and doubt. Instead of writing about a victorious finale against conference foe Jay M. Robinson, instead of writing about beautiful soccer and team togetherness, instead of writing about even pulling a tie out of the finale that would have guaranteed the Bulls a 2nd place finish in the SPC, anyone associated with Hickory Ridge soccer is wondering what went wrong in 2 short days.
What IS clear is the Bulls finished 3rd in the SPC, their highest ever finish in their 4 short years of existence, and will play Weddington at Weddington next week in the State Playoffs. What is also clear is the Bulls finish with a best ever overall record of 15-4-1 and conference record of 11-3. So despite the disappointment of the past week, the Ragin' men have something to be proud of and hopefully build upon as they continue their quest to raise the bar for Hickory Ridge soccer by winning a playoff game.